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DNC people pushback against Hillary Clinton dissing them…

Clinton threw the party under the bus without knocking her own mistakes much….

She may not have been angry DURING the campaign …

But she sure is NOW.

But many Democrats are NOT happy at her for beating up on her party that needs to built up for next years Midterm elections the 2020 Presidential race…

Irritated Democrats say Hillary Clinton is wrong to cast blame on the national party for her loss to Donald Trump.

Allies of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in particular were incensed by Clinton’s criticism of the party apparatus, saying she mischaracterized the committee’s work while needlessly stoking internal divisions.

“This is all about the last campaign. And really, what Democrats should be focusing on, and what I think Hillary Clinton should be figuring out, is how do we empower the DNC to have the best data resources to win races this year, in 2018 and 2020,” a former DNC aide said.

“Having hard feelings about the data that you may or may not have received in 2016 ultimately is not the reason why we lost.”

Clinton surprised Democrats on Wednesday when she complained that she inherited “nothing” from a “bankrupt” DNC after becoming the nominee.

She faulted the committee, which some saw as favoring her during the tough primary fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as having “mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong” data operation. The remarks were also seen as a rebuke of President Obama, who chose the leaders of the DNC during his tenure.

Andrew Therriault, who served as the DNC’s director of data science until last June, said Clinton’s claims were “f—ing bulls—” in a series of tweets that have since been deleted….


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Bill Clinton loses his magic touch in campaigning for others….


It’s been gone for a LONG time…..

People remeber how he tried to leverage himself during the 2008 Democratic primaries?

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Didn’t work….

William Jefferson Clinton STILL remains popular to most Americans….

But he’s yesterday fell good ….

Barack Obama is in more demand right now for help on Hillary’s campaign…( The President is younger, full of energy and comes with Air Force One and the other trappings of power)

But with eight weeks to go and Hillary Clinton’s lead slipping, some of her allies have begun to question how much the campaign should lean on him and how bright his legacy star power still is.

“We need to hear directly from the candidate at this point in the election,” a longtime Clinton ally and Democratic National Committee member, said. “It’s nice to have him, but the only real surrogate who works at this point is President Obama.”

Indeed, Democratic operatives cast Clinton’s husband as a second-tier stand-in for the candidate — of less value than President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He still has a 53 percent approval rating, according to a recent poll, and can speak to broad swaths of the electorate. But in some of the swing states where campaign operatives are putting in asks for big-name Democrats to visit, Bill Clinton comes in about even with Joe Biden and Tim Kaine, followed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Democratic operatives say. He’s seen as a highly effective rainmaker with donors, but less useful than the reigning leaders of the party at rallies and among voters.

The value of the Obamas as surrogates also rises because they are scarce commodities on the campaign trail. Bill Clinton, by contrast, is an easier get, with a weaker case to make: He has traveled to more than 40 states and territories, and headlined more than 400 public events for his wife this year.

“When you see Bill Clinton, the first thing you think of is not Hillary, it’s not tomorrow — it’s the former president and yesterday,”



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Sanders Supporters August 2016….

Harry Enten over at Five Thirty-Eight is out with a look at the Sanders supporters in the post Democratic Convention world…..

His view that most who felt the ‘Bern’ ARE gonna support Hillary Clinton come November….

But right now?

Up to a THIRD of those  supporters seem to be flirting with 3rd or 4th party candidates …..

Enten says that if Clinton seems to be in trouble come November ?

That would when Clinton would need their votes…

And Then….

The wavering third will probably come back to Clinton….

Ah, Maybe….

Before we get to all the data, let’s be clear about what we’re discussing: The Sanders holdouts aren’t that large a group. If they were forced to choose only between Clinton and Trump, the vast majority would choose Clinton and yet they would add only about 1 percentage point to her overall margin over Trump, according to current polls. That could matter in a close election, but the election isn’t looking all that close at the moment.

The conventions did move some Sanders voters to Clinton. In national polls taken right before the conventions, Clinton was winning around half of Sanders supporters when Gary Johnson and Jill Stein were included as an option — 57 percent (per CNN and Marist) and 44 percent (per YouGov).1 Now, Clinton is at 69 percent (CNN), 65 percent (Marist) and 49 percent (YouGov).

Without third-party candidates, Clinton was already doing much better with Bernie’s fans. Still, the convention helped: She moved from 79 percent up to 91 percent among Sanders supporters in CNN’s polls, 68 percent to 75 percent per Marist, and 59 percent to 65 percent in YouGov’s surveys.

But the sizable portion of Sanders supporters defecting from Clinton when given other options could still be a problem for the Clinton campaign if the election tightens….


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The Green party gets NO Traction with Sanders supporters against Clinton…

No more Ralph Nader’s folks…..

This morning, as America’s fourth-largest party gathers in Houston to nominate a presidential ticket, it’s struggling to capture the progressive voters who supported Bernie Sanders. Jill Stein, the party’s likely nominee, was rebuffed when she asked Sanders to join the party, and rebuffed again when she asked popular Sanders surrogate Nina Turner to be her running mate.

Why is progressive frustration with Hillary Clinton not boosting the Greens? It’s because sixteen years ago, Green Party nominee Ralph Nader won 2.9 million votes, and at least 2 million of those voters came to blame themselves for the victory of George W. Bush over Al Gore. (The combined vote for Nader and Green candidates since 2000 has never exceeded 900,000.)

The 2000 election was one of the founding traumas of the modern center-left. It’s no accident that Stein polls best with voters under 30; liberal voters who remember 2000 are likely to associate “voting your conscience” with giving away the presidency.

That’s most evident in the list of Nader supporters from 2000 who have never come back to the Green Party…..


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DNC moves to clean house….

…Under the short term leadership of Donna Brazile…..

The shake-up at the Democratic National Committee after an embarrassing breach of its email system continued on Tuesday with the departure of three senior officials.

Amy Dacey, the committee’s chief executive; Luis Miranda, its communications director; and Brad Marshall, its chief financial officer, will leave amid a reshuffling of leadership positions, said Donna Brazile, the interim chairwoman.

The departures came more than a week after WikiLeaks posted almost 20,000 of the committee’s emails, a number of which revealed officials showing favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in her primary campaign against Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. ..



Hillary Clinton takes care of her supporters….

Rep. Wasserman Shultz will be working for Hillary Clinton’s election campaign and so will probably the others stepping down from the DNC….


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Bernie Sanders says he’s gonna work Hard to get Hillary Clinton votes…

Bernie is gonna do the ‘right thing’…..

Those supporters of his that aren’t following him are NOT WITH HIM these days….

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the runner- up for the Democratic presidential nomination, vowed on Sunday to “campaign vigorously” for the winner, Hillary Clinton.

“I’m going to do a couple of things,” the Vermont independent said on CBS’ ‘ “Face the Nation.” “No. 1, I intend to campaign vigorously to make the case that on issue after issue Clinton is far and away the superior candidate. No. 2, to stay focused on the real issues impacting the American people.”

Pressed by CBS host John Dickerson on whether his supporters would vote for Clinton, Sanders ticked off a series of issues popular among progressives, including overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, raising taxes on the wealthy and increasing the minimum wage.

Clinton’s positions on those issues, Sanders said, clearly show she is the best candidate.

“So I would ask … my supporters to get away from the personality conflicts that media tries to bring forward and focus on the real issues impacting the American people,” Sanders said. “And when you do that, I think the choice is pretty clear, and that is that Hillary Clinton is far and away the superior candidate.”



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It’s about Hillary Clinton….

Bernie Sanders lost….

He acknowledged that weeks ago and again last night….

The media making it seem like Sanders supporter are do anything but make noise is just media pandering….

The 2016 Democratic Convention is about something historic…

( It was NOT even about Bill Clinton )

The first woman to be nominated by an American Major Party to President….

Day 2 in  Philly was about just THAT….

….most of the evening was focused on touting Hillary Clinton’s decades in the public eye, and the public policy battles she waged as First Lady, senator and secretary of state. Speakers included former Attorney General Eric Holder, Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards, actresses Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Banks, Lena Dunham and America Ferrara. Each sought to reinforce themes highlighted by Clinton’s campaign: her work on social justice issues, to support 9/11 first responders, to advocacy for children and health care reform. They were all framed under the header “Fights of Her Life.”

Many included personal details about interactions with Clinton – who’s struggled to overcome a reputation as wooden and unrelatable – in an attempt to humanize her….


Earlier in the day, the greatest intrigue surrounded Sanders’ loyalists inside the arena. Though he pleaded with them for two days to restrain any frustration and support Clinton’s nomination, it was unclear whether they would attempt to disrupt the proceedings. But the presidential roll call went off with little audible protest, and Sanders – taking one last opportunity to bask in the warmth of his supporters in the arena – delivered the final nudge that pushed Clinton over the top.

“I move that all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” the Vermont senator declared in his signature gruff voice. The convention approved his motion and Clinton was officially the Democratic Party nominee….

His move to nominate Clinton by “acclamation” capped an otherwise frantic day of negotiations between Clinton and Sanders loyalists, aiming to prevent an embarrassing display of resistance on the floor of the national convention.


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Democratic Convention Day One…Bernie Noise…Michele does Good…Eliz goes after Trump…Bernie Brings Them home To Hillary…

Day one of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention is over….

What a Day!….

Starting with boo’s for Debbie Wasserman Shultz…..

Continuing with boo’s for any mention of Hillary Clinton…..

And the Media starting to try and sell the Convention as a mess….

But the night did NOT end THAT way….

The evening events where entertaining , featuring speakers from Sara Silverman and Eva Longoria to Senator’s Cory Booker and Al Frankin….

But they saved the best for last….

Michele Obama made a heartfelt speech that focused on what America offers to its people…To what her husband’s  Presidency and a Hillary Clinton Presidency represents to her daughter’s and the young American’s of today….

Elizabeth Warren again humanized her ascension to being a US Senator…Pointing out like the First Lady how great this country is and how diversity is its strength….

She then went on to point out how Donald Trump in his appearance in last weeks convention did not spell out he would those who need help…But DID point out how who seek to help the rich and how he seek to close to doors on those coming here by bringing back the ways of this those in this country who singled out and oppressed  people by their skin color and who they loved…

She also pointed out something we ALL know will never happen…

The building of a wall between America and Mexico….

The last speaker of the night was the man of the hour….

Bernie Sanders….

The Socialist/Independent/adopted Democrat had a job to do…

In the late days of the Democratic Primary Campaign he KNEW he was NOT gonna be the nominee…

But Sanders keep telling his supporters that he COULD….

A lot of them believed him and have held on to HIM not Hillary Clinton…

Every mention of Clinton in the BEGINNING of yesterday brought noise of protest …

So when Bernie Sanders got the stage in Philly last night?

He had to bring the Sanders supporters home to Hillary Clinton…

He started off with a good 2 to 3 minutes of sustained applause and chats of his name…

But after that….

Bernie Sanders went to work…

Reviewing his push for HIS wants and ‘revolution’ he told the assembled crowd that Hillary Clinton WOULD embrace his visions….


Hillary Clinton IS the Democratic nominee….

And his supporters HAVE to join him in supporting her…

And just like that?

Hillary Clinton got the shout out from the crowd!….

The story wasn’t Wasserman Shultz…It wasn’t boo’s for Hillary…

It IS Bernie Sanders wants HIS supporters to UNITE behind him and the Democratic party to ELECT Hillary Clinton for President…

We’ll see how this plays thru the next two days…….

Bernie Sanders loyalists heckled and hassled Democratic stars all day. But when Sanders himself addressed the Democratic National Convention on Monday, the party’s nightmarish day finally brightened.

“Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders boomed. And delegates, for the most part, cheered his call.

That was the clearest sign of an easing after an excruciating day of failed attempts at projecting unity following the divisive and protracted Democratic primary.

Sanders, at times, struggled to calm his most ardent supporters, as TV cameras highlighted delegates in tears as he urged them to support Clinton. “Not for sale,” some delegates screamed. Sanders received the warmest applause of the night, basking in prolonged cheers as he took the stage, some of his delegates chanting “It’s not over.”

But Democrats ended the night more optimistic than they began it — when failed and frantic attempts by Clinton and Sanders aides to quiet rebellious pro-Sanders delegates plunged the convention into acrimony. Instead, a stirring speech by Michelle Obama, bookended by an uplifting — if high-decibel speech — by Sen. Cory Booker and liberal red-meat address from Sen. Elizabeth Warren seemed to get the convention back on track.

“This election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives,” Obama said, as a sea of “Michelle” placards waved in the foreground. “And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.”….


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DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz will step down….

It IS time….

She has just had too much dropped against her….

The volume of criticism directed at Wasserman Schultz stands in marked contrast to the muted defense of her.

“She has lots of friends, but the problem is she has enemies who are just louder,” said one longtime friend of hers would only speak to POLITICO on background for fear she would know she speaks to the publication.

In Philadelphia, Democrats downplayed the fact that Wasserman Schultz wouldn’t chair the convention, pointing out that Priebus didn’t chair his, either.

Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio will serve as chair of the Democratic convention, a move that was ratified by the convention’s Rules Committee on Saturday night. Wasserman Schultz had been in place as temporary chair of the convention until the Rules Committee voted in Fudge as presiding chair. The party chair typically serves as temporary convention chair until the permanent chair is named…..



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Clinton and Sanders to work against Trump….

Hillary Clinton will campaign WITH Bernie Sanders today….

He’ll endorse her….

That’s Good for Democrats ….

The Clinton campaigtn has been working on reaching out to Sanders supporters….

Hillary Clinton actually has been using Sanders stump points for a wahile and the Clinton people allowed Sanders to get some of his ‘wants’ in the party platform….

….defusing those tensions has been a focus of top party brass ever since the Nevada Democratic Party convention exploded into chaos in May, and the Clinton team’s efforts — often run out of the local offices, but occasionally escalating to the Brooklyn headquarters — have ramped up since the last primary vote was held in June.
emocratic presidential candidate Sen.Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on May 10 in Stockton, Calif.

“It’s clear they’ve had a really concentrated effort to begin that outreach,” acknowledged Julia Barnes, who served as Sanders’ state director in New Hampshire and as a top national field staffer. “They’ve been really straightforward about being interested in listening, and taking in the disappointment that some of our folks might feel.”

That outreach appears to have produced material results after a primary that got increasingly chippy in its closing weeks: Sanders supporters have flocked to Clinton faster in 2016 than Clinton supporters went to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s side in 2008, according to a recent Pew survey. Fully 85 percent of Sanders’ primary supporters said they would vote for Clinton, compared to just 69 percent of hers backing Obama after she dropped out eight years ago…..


But some the Sanders supporters are gonna hev a hard time with this political reality….


CSPAN ‏@cspan.@BernieSanders campaigns with @HillaryClinton in Portsmouth, NH – LIVE 11am ET online here: http://cs.pn/29uG9mL

M. Scott Mahaskey
.@BernieSanders supporters – outside joint NH rally – say @HillaryClinton must not take #WhiteHouse.

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A lot of @BernieSanders signs at @HillaryClinton event. This Vermont woman tells me she’ll never vote Clinton.


NBC’s Christian Walker is reporting that NBC polling shows that 90% of Sanders supporters WILL vote for Hillary Clinton….

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Bernie Sanders Could endorse Hillary Clinton next week….

It appears that Sanders has worn out his holdout against Democrats….

He HAS to come home if he wants to continue being friends with Democratic lawmakers, some who have become VERY impatient with his holdout….

After three weeks of private preparations, Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at a campaign event in New Hampshire, according to three Democrats who have been involved in the planning.

The Clinton campaign on Thursday announced the New Hampshire trip but did not provide details, including any mention of Mr. Sanders.

Mr. Sanders, in an interview Thursday with Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt, came as close to endorsing Mrs. Clinton as he ever has, saying: “We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton. I don’t honestly know how we would survive four years of a Donald Trump as president.”

The three Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal confidential conversations, said that the endorsement was partly the result of daily talks between Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, and the Sanders campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, about bringing together the two rivals and advancing the policy priorities of Mr. Sanders. The discussions included a dinner between Mr. Mook and Mr. Weaver in Burlington, Vt., where Mr. Sanders has his campaign headquarters…..



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Bernie Sanders grilled by House Democrats…Some who Booed Him….

Bernie Sanders is having problems with his adopted parties fellow law makers….

They want him to quit stalling and act like a Democrat and endorse the parties nominee….

Sen. Bernie Sanders is still talking like a guy who’s running for president. But frustrated House Democrats — who booed him at one point during a morning meeting — say it’s time to stop.

With the Democratic convention just weeks away, Sanders still hasn’t endorsed one-time rival Hillary Clinton and dodged questions about when he would during a tense meeting Wednesday morning with House Democrats.

“It was frustrating because he’s squandering the movement he built with a self-obsession that was totally on display,” said one senior Democrat.

After delivering his opening remarks — which touched on Sanders’ favorite issues including campaign finance, Wall Street reform and trade — lawmakers inside the meeting pressed Sanders during a tense question-and-answer session on whether he would ultimately endorse Clinton and help foster party unity.

House Democrats including John Garamendi of California and Joyce Beatty of Ohio asked Sanders for specifics on when he would ultimately get behind Clinton….


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A Plea for Bernie Sanders to drop it and endorse Hillary Clinton…

Bernie Sanders is still pushing for his ‘reveolution’….

That’s fine…..

But he isn’t gonna do it as the Democratic nominee….

He’s plea for him to help Hillary Clinton so that a Donald Trump possibility is even more remote….

Sanders should drop out of the presidential campaign and support, endorse and fight for the election of Clinton as president and the creation of a progressive Democratic Congress. He should support, endorse and fight for the election of a Democratic president who would appoint liberal justices to create a liberal majority Supreme Court that would uphold voting rights, reverse Citizens United, stand up for the rights of workers and immigrants, protect a woman’s right to choose, defend the LGBT community, and shield the environment from the dangers of climate change.

There are two candidates for president who have any chance of being elected. One is Clinton, who stands foursquare in favor of reversing Citizens United and who would fight to preserve the rights described in the paragraph above. The other is Trump and his politics of insults and division. There is another that party wages endless political wars against those rights in Congress and would in the presidency if given the power of the executive branch. That party is Republican.

It should not be hard for Sanders to make up his mind about which candidate for president and which party in Congress is preferable in the epic political battles—for control of the presidency, Congress and the courts—that will be decided on election day. It should not be hard for Sanders to support, endorse and fight for that candidate and that party—beginning today—in the epic battle that is unfolding in real time.

When Sanders says again and again that he will do everything possible to prevent the election of Donald Trump, the fact is, those words are untrue. And Sanders, who has brought a new level of authenticity and honesty to American politics during the last year, should never say words that are untrue or take actions that hurt the cause he champions…..


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Hillary Supporters want her to increase her campaign focus to more states…

There has been worry expressed about the Clinton Campaign NOT starting off going hard in the Rust Belt states ….

Republicans boast that Trump is awakening “Reagan Democrats” — whites who crossed over for Ronald Reagan in the 1980s but now vote only irregularly. However, many Reagan Democrats by now are either dead or have become reliable Republicans.

“The map is problematic for any Republican going into this election. It’s even worse — substantially worse — for Donald Trump,” Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said, citing Trump’s low favorability ratings. “Obviously, he’s looking at fantasy land if he thinks he can put places like California and Michigan into play.”

This thinking explains why Clinton is not on the air in Michigan, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, at least as of now. Clinton spokeswoman Lily Adams said, “We’ll continue to monitor states throughout the general election” to consider changes in future ad buys. By comparison, Trump is not airing any ads, meaning Clinton has no pressure to match him.

Of the three states, Pennsylvania appears the most competitive; a Quinnipiac University poll last week showed a virtual tie. Priorities USA, a pro-Clinton super PAC, announced Friday it would purchase $10.5 million worth of ad time in Pennsylvania between July and November.

Clinton aides express a steely confidence about all three states. They think the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month will generate positive attention across Pennsylvania. In Michigan, they are doubtful that Trump could outperform Mitt Romney, who was born here and whose father was a popular governor; Romney lost to Obama by nearly 10 percentage points in 2012. And in Wisconsin, Clinton allies are heartened by the reservations many prominent conservatives there have voiced about Trump….


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Bernie Sanders FINALLY says he won’t fight the Clinton nomination…

It takes time…..

Bernie Sanders is signaling he’s done with contesting Hillary Clinton has the nomination

His new goal is to try to change his adopted party’s way of choosing a Presidential nominee….

And getting DNC Chair Wasserman Chultz fired….

Even as he remains in the race, Sanders stressed that his campaign is about defeating Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

“We cannot have a president who insults Mexicans and Latinos, Muslims, women and African-Americans,” he said.

In recent days, Clinton was endorsed by President Obama and liberal stalwart Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both of whom have called for party unity in an effort beat Trump in the November election.

On Tuesday, in a step toward that unity, Sanders and Clinton met to discuss the future of the Democratic Party as the nominating season wrapped up with Clinton’s win in the District of Columbia primary.

Sanders is seeking, among other things, new leadership at the Democratic National Committee as well as changes to the party’s nominating process.

Prior to Sanders’ speech Thursday, his campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said Sanders was no longer seeking the support of superdelegates – party leaders and others free to back whomever they please – a move that signals he is no longer seeking the party’s nomination.

Moreover, after the contentious primary fight, Weaver said, Sanders and Clinton, as well as their staffs, were on good terms….



There is STILL NO mention of Sanders campaigning FOR Clinton and handing over his data list…..Hmmmmm?

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Post California Primary poll show’s Sanders support moving to Clinton…

A  fresh pollsjust out hows Clinton taking more of the supporters than Trump or Libertarian Gary Johnson…

41% of those polled will come out and vote for Hillary IF Sanders is NOT on the ballot….Only 13% say they will NOT vote at all if Sanders is NOT on the November vote ballot….It’s right after the turbulance of Sanders switching this week..But It read good for Clinton and th Democrats….

Carried out the day after the California primary, the polling news comes amid residual pressure from some Sanders supporters for him to continue his struggle – either as an independent or perhaps by replacing Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, on that party’s ticket….

The lead for Clinton over Trump mirrors other recent polling which suggests the former secretary of state is again pulling away from her Republican challenger after a week in which his comments were described as racist by the House speaker, Paul Ryan.

Analysis of the Guardian poll results by SurveyUSA also hints at more positive support emerging for Clinton among the most dedicated Sanders supporters – findings that may reassure Democrats worried about reuniting their party after a sometimes bitter primary contest.

“Of those who vote for Sanders when Sanders’ name appears on the ballot, 13% say they will stay home if Sanders name is not on the ballot, 41% vote for Clinton, 15% vote for Johnson, 11% vote for Stein, and 7% defect to Trump,” writes the polling company.

The nearly 6-to-1 preference of these core Sanders supporters to switch to Clinton rather than Trump is also supported by a finding that only 7% of them said they would vote for Sanders as a protest “against Hillary Clinton”.

Analysis of the detailed poll findings also suggests Sanders voters could help Clinton recapture support from young people, union members and voters in the midwest and north-east…


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