Team Clinton boasts of early-voting ‘firewall’ in battleground states
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager expressed confidence Friday that the Democratic presidential nominee is building up such a substantial lead in early voting in three key battleground states that it will be nearly impossible for Donald Trump to make up the difference.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Robby Mook said the Democratic coalition is turning out in such force in North Carolina, Florida and Nevada that the race might already be over in those states.
“Our campaign has organized to leverage the early-voting period to build a firewall in states with early voting to turn out supporters early and build up a lead that Donald Trump is incapable of overcoming,” Mook said.
Trump must win in Florida and North Carolina to have a realistic path to the White House. Nevada is also likely a must-win for the Republican nominee, although he could theoretically make up those six electoral votes elsewhere.
Mook said the campaign’s focus has been on early turnout for “low-propensity voters” — those who do not regularly vote — to build up a lead that they believe will prove insurmountable.
“This firewall we’re building is being propelled by what we’re calling the Clinton Coalition,” Mook added, saying that Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, millennials, women and college-educated voters have already turned out in the trio of states to give Clinton a healthy advantage heading into Election Day.