As a voter, I haven’t seen this and let us not forget they are in a statistical tie.
I see Donald Trump getting the headlines, getting the big rallies, and getting day to day media attention. I do admit the media has been trying to create negative stories about him, but Trump plays the game better than anyone.
I see Hillary Clinton getting many negative headlines (e-mail scandal), attacks from Bernie that are starting to hit (what did she say to those Wall Street banksters?) and a dowdy dresser at best with no energy or excitement in her campaign.
So this poll that puts Trump way behind Clinton is probably another donor poll created by a SuperPAC to raise money for Hillary. I wouldn’t put it past the woman who lied to the State Department and the FBI.
From The Associated Press:
Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by months, even years, in using fast-evolving digital campaigning to win over voters, data specialists working with the GOP say.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has dismissed the science that defines 21st century political campaigns, a tool that President Barack Obama used effectively in winning two terms and the Clinton campaign has worked on for nearly a year.
And while it is too early to tell whether the late start signals trouble for Trump, it illustrates the difference between Trump’s proudly outsider campaign and the institutional knowledge within Clinton’s.
“She’s been able to prepare a general election campaign since the beginning,” said Alex Lundry, former senior technology adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Republican presidential campaign. “That head start in terms of time is extraordinarily valuable.”
Precision digital-marketing data, a person’s online footprints, have become an electoral science that Democrats have dominated, and Republicans have chased, for a decade. Campaigns used the data at first simply to track supporters. The information now guides a range of decisions, like the types and volume of advertising, where to deploy campaign staff to mobilize voters and where a candidate should visit.
Trump’s team has been unclear about its use of data in the general election.
Trump told The Associated Press this month the tool was “overrated” and he planned “limited” data use during the general election, though his campaign has worked with firms and a small in-house staff to track voters during the primaries.
What they fail to mention is that the primary use for the “integrated system” is to solicit donations. Trump arguably is not in need of that nearly as much. Trump has done better (more votes and larger turnout) in open primaries where independents can choose which party to vote. He is getting a lot of the cross-over vote which bodes well for the General Election.
In the end, the only thing that matters is the number of votes on November 1st, 2016. A number of candidates in 2014 found out that spending the most $$$ does not guarantee a win. Some of the losing candidates back then spent as much as 3x what the winner did.
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