Hillary Clinton is in a "very strong position" to win the presidential election, Democratic strategist David Axelrod told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
"I don't know any consultant on either side, any strategist, who privately believes that Donald Trump’s going to win this election," said Axelrod, who was chief strategist for President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. "I think Hillary Clinton is in a very strong position now, and you can see that with the fact that she is pressing into normally Republican bastions … The question now that you hear is what impact it will have down the ballot, and that’s I think where the focus will be the last couple of weeks.”
However, Axelrod warned that “There’s a potential trap for the Democrats and for Hillary Clinton if she partisanizes her appeal in the final weeks too sharply, because the voters who are drifting from Republicans are Republicans…[and] independents who might lean Republican…if you partisanize the race too sharply you might drive some of those voters back.”
According to an ABC News poll released on Sunday, Clinton has jumped out to a 12 percentage point advantage over Trump among likely voters, 50 percent to 38 percent. However, other surveys show the national race is much tighter, with a few even giving a slight nod to the Republican candidate.
The latest forecast for the electoral vote count on FiveThirtyEight has Clinton at 327, more than enough to cross the 270-threshold needed for a win, while Trump has 209.
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