Clinton’s loss

To the Editor:

I am perturbed that Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff are blaming FBI Director James Comey for Clinton’s election defeat.

Comey sent out a letter to Congress 11 days prior to the election reopening the investigation into Clinton’s emails. Two days prior to the election, he stated there was nothing incriminating in the emails, and he was closing out the investigation. They claim he adversely impacted her momentum a week before the election, which is probably true. However, Comey should not be made a scapegoat for Clinton’s loss, because there are many reasons she lost the election.

I think the primary reason Clinton lost was serious mistakes made by her campaign staff. They didn’t learn from the big mistake of the 2008 Democratic primary when they decided not to campaign in Iowa, and Obama took Iowa, which catapulted him to a primary victory.

Fast forward to 2016 – They didn’t campaign in Wisconsin, and had minimal campaigning in Michigan. They took Pennsylvania for granted and didn’t realize it was in play until just before the election.

President Obama, while trying to promote his legacy, helped Clinton lose Florida by reestablishing relations with Cuba. This alienated the large Cuban-American population in Florida and probably was a major factor in Clinton losing the election in a key battleground state.

Trump heavily campaigned in all the battleground states, and they provided his victory.

Clinton’s campaign staff had an arrogant attitude and did not seek outside help or counsel.

All of the major polls, except for the Los Angeles Times poll, had Clinton winning the election. This probably contributed to a lower turnout for Clinton because her supporters believed in the inevitability of her election and did not consider their votes would make a difference. This might have given Clinton’s campaign staff a false sense of inevitable victory.

Finally, Trump and his campaign staff did a great job in recognizing the discontent among voters, and directed their campaign towards people who believe they have been disenfranchised over the past eight years of the Obama administration.

The preceding analysis emanates from the view of a registered Independent of many years (Undeclared in New Hampshire).

Donald Moskowitz

Londonderry, N.H.

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