the hill electability leads dems hopes against trump

The Hill: ‘Electability’ Leads Dems’ Hopes Against Trump


Establishment Republicans could not do it, neither could Hillary Clinton, media resistance, nor special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Now, Democrats are desperately sorting out which primary candidate will be the best to beat President Donald Trump, The Hill reported, citing pollsters.

“[Democratic voters are] hungry for a candidate to take on President Donald Trump,” Quinnipiac University pollster Tim Malloy said, per the report, explaining how former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and ex-Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, are the leading candidates atop the poll right now.

“[Biden’s] advantage is he’s rooted in experience, was vice president to [Barack] Obama, appeals to blue collar voters,” pollster Celinda Lake told The Hill. “Voters will have it on their minds.”

“Electability” (56%) almost doubled up “echoed beliefs” (33%) in their preferred trait of their Democratic candidate in a February Monmouth University poll.

It is electability that justifies Democrats leading with three white men in a diverse field of presidential candidates. Age, race, and gender “take a back seat” to electability, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

Polling is being “driven by this intense dislike of Trump,” Lake told The Hill.

“Electability seems to be Democrats greatest concern, so even if many of those touting white male candidates have no problem themselves with voting for a woman, they are worried that their friends and neighbors do have such hesitations,” Ohio University professor Katherine Jellison, a scholar of women’s studies, told The Hill. “Under those circumstances, they see a white male candidate as the best bet to defeat Donald Trump.”