After a Bitter Election, a New America: Our First Female President and the Most Diverse Coalition in History
It’s all over but the voting now. But if the polling is correct, Hillary Clinton should pull out a win. The main mystery at this point is where and by how much. But it was close enough in the important battleground states as of Monday night that anything can happen. So don’t forget to vote!
Assuming the surge of Latino voters continues, the African-American vote meets certain targets and the younger voters turn out, the Obama coalition should comfortably reassemble. But there are some changes to it, and they could be significant. For the first time since polling began, a majority of white college-educated voters, an overwhelming number of them women, say they are voting for the Democratic presidential nominee, Clinton. There’s been a trend in this direction for some years, but in 2016 it seems to be surpassing expectations.
And yes, as you may have heard, Clinton is not doing well with the non-college-educated white voters who make up the Donald Trump electorate. Polling even suggests that white working-class women are all in for Republican presidential nominee Trump. This is a large faction of the American public, to be sure, but it is a minority and it has been trending toward the Republicans for more than 30 years.