Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Trump Support from Registered Democrats?

Poor Hillary.

When she formally launched her 2016 campaign this spring (she has actually been running for president on and off since the 1980s), she expected to dance all over a bunch of disorganized Republicans who would shoot themselves in their general election feet by pandering to the nut-wing of their party during the primaries. Hillary, meanwhile, would swoop in and grab their women, their women voters at least, because she knew the ladies would vote for a lady simply because she was a lady. See, they don’t think too much.

Anyway, Hillary, welcome to your nightmare. Trump.

The latest scary sign for the Clinton machine is Trump’s apparent support among self-identified Republicans who nonetheless are registered as Democrats. It’s a coalition that’s concentrated in the South, Appalachia and the industrial North, according to data from Civis Analytics, a Democratic data firm.

Adding these mostly white, lower income, voters to the Trump talley is a big advantage for the Republican Party, which has maintained its competitiveness in spite of losses among nonwhite and young voters by adding older and white voters, many from the South. These gains helped the party in the past to retake the House, the Senate and many state governments.

But in politics there is always some bad with the good.

Those same voters may make it harder for the party to broaden its appeal to nonwhite and younger people, assuming it even tries. In addition, the voting block that supports Trump so strongly has a traditionally low turnout rate. Trump’s eventual success or failure may turn on his ability to actually get his supporters to the polls.