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Exit Polls: Clinton Ground Game Winning

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For all a candidate’s media coverage, it is the ground game that may swing an election. And while Republican nominee Donald Trump may have brought too little too late to the door-to-door campaigning necessary to win an election, Clinton may n be reaping the benefits of her work.

According to preliminary results from a Morning Consult/Politico exit poll, more than twice the number of voters said they have been contacted by the Clinton campaign than by the Trump campaign – 17 percent to 8 percent. Nine percent of voters said they were contacted by both campaigns, while 62 percent of voters said that neither campaign contacted them.

“Frankly, Trump has run one of the worst campaigns in modern political history in the state,” Roger Stone, a Trump ally, said of the Trump campaign’s Nevada ground game, reports the New York Times.

The poll also asked participants about the “Obama effect”: whether their vote was to express support or opposition to the last eight years of the Obama administration.

Preliminary results show that Obama was a minimal factor in the general vote, reports Politico. Twenty-one percent of respondents said their vote was in support of Obama, while 19 percent said they voted to express opposition to the current president. However, a majority of voters -- 55 percent, said Obama did not effect their decision in this election.

Beyond being the first female president in American history if she wins, Hillary Clinton will also be the first president to follow a two-term president of her own party since George HW Bush was elected in 1988.

Sixty-nine percent of those who participated in their exit poll said they expect Hillary Clinton to largely continue Obama’s policies.

“[T]omorrow, you will choose whether we continue this journey of progress, or whether it all goes out the window,” President Obama told a Michigan rally on Nov. 7, reports the New York Times. 

Sources: Politico, New York Times, (2) / Photo Credit: Hiroko Masuike/New York Times

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