- The Washington Times - Friday, November 11, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Hillary Clinton’s ground game – that the mainstream media lauded for its prowess before Tuesday night’s results – may have been so excellent, that it turned out Donald Trump supporters.

Ha.

According to a report in the Huffington Post volunteers for the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina reported when they went out to knock on doors, they encountered a record number of Trump voters. Anecdotal data, they report, suggests anywhere from five to 25 percent of contacts they were assigned to reach were Trump supporters.

“The [Clinton] campaign’s text messaging GOTV [get out the vote] effort may have been the worst offender,” the Post reported. “Volunteers reported as many as 30% of the replies they received from voters they were urging to get out were Trump supporters.”

How could the targeting go so wrong? Well, many democrats – especial in the rust belt and in coal country – decided to vote for Mr. Trump this election instead of their party’s standard-bearer.

“How could the Clinton campaign have gotten the targeting so wrong?,” the Post questions. “In the rust belt states, there were many registered Democrats voting for Trump, not Clinton. The extent of their errors probably had a lot to do with the fact that party registration ― normally one of the best predictors of political behavior ― would have wreaked havoc with their models in many geographies.”

The online news-organization continued: “And most of us were surprised to learn the day after the election that 53 percent of white women cast their ballots for Trump. While the campaign’s failures may not have been unique, the deeply damaging outcome of this election casts the impacts of the Democratic campaign industrial complex’s possibly quite mistaken assumptions in stark relief.”

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