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WashPost: Clinton Plans Low-Key Strategy to Help Dems in Elections

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By    |   Monday, 12 February 2018 09:02 AM

Hillary Clinton is trying to find a delicate balance between using the star power she still has in some Democratic circles to help select candidates while also attempting to avoid becoming a useful target for Republicans seeking to rile up their base, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Questions about Clinton's intentions have become more relevant now with midterms approaching, the first electoral season since her stunning loss that ended her long-time goal of becoming president.

Clinton's emerging strategy will apparently concentrate on helping Democratic candidates who have a history of supporting her and expending her political capital in a many of the 23 congressional districts she won in 2016 but are now held by a Republican, more than a dozen friends and advisers familiar with her plans told the Post.

Her advisors are reportedly emphasizing a cautious approach, such as avoiding a flurry of interviews, as her popularity has not improved since the presidential election. A Gallup survey in November showed that only 36 percent of adults view her favorably, while 61 percent view her unfavorably.

This most likely explains attempts by Republicans to draw Clinton into the debate over this year's elections. In one such example, the GOP efforts to defeat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill morphs her face with Clinton's as it lists policies on which they agree.

Looking ahead to the 2020 presidential elections, Clinton has ruled out a repeat run for the White House.

But Clinton's supporters expect that she will be a key figure as a potential kingmaker among Democratic candidates, as many of those seeking office will be competing for the same coalition that she had and will want her backing.

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