Trump’s political platform “Make America Great Again” has rallied conservative Americans together in support of such an outlandish candidate. Trump prides himself on being a winner and tells his supporters he will win. He says he will take over Washington, and voters will see change. If Trump is to win the Republican nomination, will he have what it takes to beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton?
In a poll from realclearpolitics.com comparing Clinton’s current polling numbers and Trump’s, it gives an idea of what a general election between Trump and Clinton might look like, and at this point, it doesn’t look good for Trump. The poll shows Clinton beating Trump by 3.4 percent. Clinton’s numbers have continued to be higher than Trumps. These are just polling numbers in the primaries for each party, and we won’t really know how the showdown will go until both nominations are announced.
If Donald Trump is able to take the Republican nomination, he is going to have to work hard to appeal to all sorts of voters, unlike he does now. Currently, Trump’s main support comes typically from very conservative Republicans, while more moderate Republicans are leaning towards candidates like John Kasich and Marco Rubio. He will have to rally all Republican voters, moderate and conservative alike, for support and convince voters in swing states like Ohio and Florida that he can be a serious candidate for the presidency and not a maniac like the media paint him out to be.
Clinton, on the other hand, has had a close race with her far more liberal opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, barely beating him in Iowa and taking a significant loss in New Hampshire. Unlike Trump, Clinton is appealing to more moderate Democrats, and that might make it easier for her to win support in the swing states. Also, even more liberal Democrats who are supporting Sanders may get on board with what Clinton is bringing to the table if Sanders is to perish. Clinton could also have a tough road ahead. She will need to put her past behind her (and convince America to as well) and prove she has what it takes to be a strong leader for the Democrats and a president who will bring change and hope back to America.