Saturday 24 February 2018

Clinton eyes other states now New Hampshire is out of reach

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Lisa Lerer

With victory seemingly out of reach in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is looking ahead to the next round of voting as she tries to counter the rising challenge from Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race.

Mrs Clinton hopes to use a narrower-than-expected loss in tomorrow's primary as a springboard into contests later this month in Nevada and South Carolina, with a goal of having a more heavily-minority electorate help her build the foundation for a delegate-by-delegate drive toward the nomination.

Clinton aides worry that a big Sanders victory in New Hampshire would help him make headway among women and minority voters, important parts of the coalition that twice elected Barack Obama as president.

Mrs Clinton has pledged to fight for every vote in New Hampshire, but at least some of her operation is moving on. This weekend, husband Bill Clinton wooed voters in Las Vegas while campaign surrogates knocked on doors in San Antonio.

Clinton aides try to make the case that the heavily white and liberal electorates of New Hampshire and Iowa make them outliers in the nomination fight.

They say Clinton will find more success in the South Carolina primary on February 20 and the Nevada caucuses a week later.

Irish Independent

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