As of Thursday, Hillary Clinton crowned herself the Democratic nominee, despite the fact that the primary season is still ongoing and she is unable to reach the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination without the help of superdelegates.
While she has spoken at length about Bernie Sanders’s duty to help unify the Democratic Party for the general election, she has said little about what she will do to court Sanders supporters.
When Rachel Maddow asked Clinton about this during a MSNBC Town Hall in April, Clinton simply laughed and told Maddow, “I’m winning. I'm winning because of what I stand for and what I've done.”
Clinton’s “winning” is subjective—she might have surpassed Sanders in terms of support among Democrats, but Democrats only compose 29 percent of the general electorate. Independents far outnumber Democrats at 42 percent, and Sanders has a lock with Independent voters. Furthermore, Sanders has overwhelmingly won the support of the future of the Democratic Party: he routinely beats her among voters under 45.
This is a major weakness for Clinton going into a general election against Donald Trump, and according to polling, it appears the millennials who support Sanders are not in any hurry to transfer this support to Clinton.
According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, Clinton leads Trump among voters 18-29 by a moderate 47 to 34 percent. In contrast, Sanders crushes Trump, 66 to 25 percent.
This would suggest over 19 percent of young voters are either undecided between Clinton and Trump or would refuse to vote for either candidate, which is damning for Clinton’s general election chances—Democrats require high voter turnout if they hope to win in November.
This lack of millennial support appears to be another weakness for Clinton and has been reflected in the polling between her and Trump; the billionaire has been closing in on Clinton lately, and she only holds a 3 point lead nationwide according to the RealClearPolitics average.
The poll is yet another statistic that should worry Democratic leaders about nominating Clinton. It is only May and her polling has suffered against Trump—what will occur five months from now?
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