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Lower African American Turnout Hurting Clinton

Turning out African American voters to the polls is key to Clinton’s strategy, but there are early signs the strategy is not working…

Clinton African American Turnout

Recreating President Obama’s winning coalition was always going to be a challenge for Hillary Clinton, but new reports show the 2016 Democratic nominee is struggling with a key demographic group: African American voters.

According to FiveThirtyEight, enthusiasm is up for Latino voters but down for African Americans. In Florida, early vote turnout has lagged behind 2012 numbers in the five counties with the highest percentage of African American voters. Conversely, all eight counties with the most early votes cast so far are heavily Republican.

That’s a problem for Clinton because increased Latino turnout will likely not be enough:

And although higher Latino enthusiasm is a positive sign for Clinton, African-American engagement is a cause for concern. After all, African-Americans make up a much higher share than Latinos in the critical battlegrounds of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin …

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) ripped Clinton’s campaign for its lack of effort in the Sunshine State:

“They’re not doing enough in the black community. I have been screaming for months about this and nothing changed and now look what’s happening.”

While early voting data does not always provide a roadmap for what will ultimately happen on Election Day, it’s enough to cause serious concern among Clinton allies.