- The Washington Times - Friday, December 9, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Hillary Clinton thinks she lost the presidential election because of fake news. Her communications director has pointed the finger at white supremacists. Her campaign manager has said FBI Director James Comey is to blame.

Could it be that Mrs. Clinton lost the vote of young voters — who were supposed to carry her across the finish line — in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan?

The Cook Political Report said they were a key component in Donald Trump’s success in breaking the blue wall.

“In Pennsylvania, Clinton badly underperformed [President Barack] Obama and Gov. Tom Wolf (who won election in 2014), among younger voters — Wolf carried them by 24 points, Obama by 28 points, while Clinton won the millennial vote by 19 percent,” Amy Walter at the Cook Political Report wrote. “More important, young voters made up a smaller share of the electorate than they did in 2012 — 16 percent to 19 percent.”

In Wisconsin, the millennial vote is the story — in the fact they simply didn’t show up for Mrs. Clinton.

“In 2012, 18-29-year-olds made up 21 percent of the electorate and Obama carried them by 23 points,” Ms. Walter wrote. “In 2016, these younger voters made up just 17 percent of the electorate and Clinton won them by just 3 points.”

Michigan’s electorate very closely resembled 2012, but Mrs. Clinton didn’t win the youth or women vote by the same margins as Mr. Obama, and Mr. Trump simply whupped her with white voters, especially men (note: Mr. Trump also won white women by an 8 percent margin).

“For now, however, it’s fair to say that Trump’s victory in these three states was thanks to his solid performance among white voters and men, the lack of turn-out and enthusiasm from younger voters for Clinton, and the fact that women didn’t back Clinton by a bigger percentage,” Ms. Walter wrote. “Trump’s message of ‘change’ was also a more resonate factor than just “the economy” in explaining his appeal and success.”

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