Wed, Apr 26, 2017 | updated 01:56 AM IST

Reluctant voters must get to the polls for Hillary to win

Updated: Nov 04, 2016 19:27 IST      
Reluctant voters must get to the polls for Hillary to win

By Smita Prakash

Washington DC, Nov. 4 (ANI): With just four days left for the most exhausting election in the United States, panic is growing in both political parties over swing voters.

"You get out of bed and vote," Republican party presidential candidate Donald Trump said yesterday. He isn't leaving anything to chance. Till the FBI bombshell on Hillary's emails on ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner's computer dropped, Clinton was surging ahead. Not so now. She needs every supporter out there to get out and vote for her.

Polling data has shown that the margin of victory is too slim for either candidate to rest easy during the next four days. Millions of volunteers have been pressed into service to tap every reluctant voter. The task is well laid out: to ask, cajole, even drive registered voters to head to the polling center and cast his/her precious vote.

Today is the last date for early voting in the District of Columbia. Nearly 19 million voters would have cast their votes ahead of the main polling day on November 8. In 2012, as many as 46 million Americans had cast their votes in early polling. Election day falls in the middle of the week and it is not a holiday. The lines can be long and if you are not an undecided voter it makes little sense to wait for the last day to cast your vote.

The latest polls show Hillary has an edge but her supporters are not leaving anything to chance. In Florida, the two are in an absolute tie. Supporters of Hillary and Trump are knocking on doors, working the telephone lines, speaking in person to voters to just-go-vote. Both parties have extensive data of voting pattern of citizens and based on that the calls are made and persuasions done.

Christopher Healey, a resident of the District of Columbia, says of the campaign, "This election cycle has been particularly off putting due to campaign volunteers for one candidate already assuming my vote is with their candidate. Because I am one thing or another then I must vote for their candidate."

Dan Pfeiffer, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, speaking about the 2008 campaign said, "We knew if they had voted in primaries how likely they were to vote for our candidate. All data is good but you have to have volunteers to ask people to vote. In 2008, we had about a million volunteers." Pfeiffer ran the communications office for the Obama-Biden transition team.

Another communication expert Kevin Madden, who in the 2008 election cycle served as National Press Secretary and Senior Communications Strategist for Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said Romney didn't have intensity in his volunteers to get people to vote. "Intensity and momentum is on Trump's side," he said.

The highly negative campaigns run by both candidates have put off reluctant voters. Trump said yesterday, "She has spent 500 million dollars on advertisements. The best thing I have going for me is my temperament". And he said that with a straight face. Hillary's team has upped the ante in the last week of campaign highlighting Trump's misogynistic statements. One ad has Trump saying, "Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing."

Christopher Healey who I spoke to about pesky political volunteers remarks had this to say, "the rhetoric from both campaigns have really turned off some voters who would rather not vote than cast a ballot for either candidate who's outrageious behaviour may have solidfied the fringe vote of his party. It has done so at the cost of alienating the more centrist voter in this election. Then you have another candidate that has been so mired in political scandal over the years of public service that it diminishes any legitimacy of their holding higher office. And both campaigns attack each other with such venom that voters are divided on which of these candidate are the less of two evils."

This disgust with the campaign process that Christopher spoke off is what is terrifying the volunteers. If people are too disgusted to vote then all bets are off. Some volunteers are even going to drive people to vote. In this country, it's perfectly legal for political party volunteers to pick up senior citizens or people with disabilities from their homes to drive them to get to polling stations. This will be significant in swing states of Ohio and Florida.

Winning in these states is so crucial that yesterday President Obama was actually reading out polling station lists. It has become that nitty-gritty now. A massive sprint as the date nears. Hillary Clinton in a bright pink pantsuit yesterday said she was ready to take the baton from President Obama. She sounded very very upbeat. Not so her volunteers. They are nervous. Every vote counts. Their voters have to get to the polling stations and pick the candidate. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], April 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Canada of making business for American dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult.

Full Story >>

Turkey condemns Sukma Naxal attack

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 23:44 IST     

Ankara [Turkey], April 25 (ANI): Turkey on Tuesday condemned the Sukma Naxal attack where 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.

Full Story >>

Trump reiterates commitment to build Mexican border wall

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 23:43 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 25 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has reiterated his commitment to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border saying "don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL".

Full Story >>

Pakistan: Anti-CPEC rally held in Sindh

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 22:09 IST     

Jamshoro [Pakistan], April 25 (ANI): Prominent Sindhi nationalist organisation Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) held a massive anti-China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) rally from the Indus Highway to the tomb of Sain G M Syed in Pakistan's Sindh province.

Full Story >>

Sharif mulling filing review petition on Panama verdict

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 22:09 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 25 (ANI): Lawyers of the Sharif family are reportedly considering the option of whether to file a review petition or not against the Pakistan Supreme Court's decision in the Panamagate case as they fear its strong observations might prejudice the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Full Story >>

Nepali Congress unveils poll manifesto

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 20:52 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], April 25 (ANI): Nepal's largest political party in the Parliament, the Nepali Congress on Tuesday unveiled its election manifesto with a focus on economic prosperity.

Full Story >>

Ansari meets Armenian PM Karapetyan

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 19:32 IST     

Yerevan [Armenia], April 25 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari met Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [United States], April 25 (ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry has said that the Pakistani leadership is committed to strengthening friendly relations with the US.

Full Story >>

China bans Islamic baby names in Muslim-majority Xinjiang

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 17:13 IST     

Xinjiang [China], April 25 (ANI): China has banned dozens of Islamic baby names in the country's largest Muslim-majority Xinjiang province as a part of its crackdown on alleged religious "extremism", Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported.

Full Story >>

Daesh most dangerous phenomenon facing Afghanistan: Envoy

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 15:48 IST      By: Shivangi Mishra

New Delhi [India], Apr 25 (ANI): The Daesh (or Islamic State) is the most dangerous phenomenon Afghanistan is facing today, said the country's envoy to India, Shaida Abdali on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

China projects power in Indian Ocean

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 15:21 IST     

Hong Kong [China], April 25 (ANI): As China prepares to imminently launch its first indigenously built aircraft carrier in Dalian, and as the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) celebrated its 68th anniversary on 23 April, attention is turning to how and where China will use its growing fleet of such platforms.

Full Story >>

UN Committee concerned over enforced disappearances in Pak

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 13:18 IST     

Geneva [Switzerland], Apr 25 (ANI): The United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) has raised serious concerns over widespread torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Pakistan.

Full Story >>

Washington, DC [USA], Apr 25 (ANI): Former Fox News anchor and correspondent Heather Nauert has been appointed as the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department.

Full Story >>

Pakistan: Ten killed in Kurram Agency blast

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 10:43 IST     

Peshawar [Pakistan], April 25 (ANI): At least 10 people, including six children, were killed and 13 others, including four Khasadar officials, injured as a bomb went off near a passenger van in Gudar area of Central Kurram Agency on early Tuesday morning.

Full Story >>

Trump summons entire Senate to WH briefing on N. Korea

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 10:38 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], April 25 (ANI): The entire U.S. Senate will go to the White House on Wednesday to be briefed by senior administration officials about the brewing confrontation with North Korea.

Full Story >>

Truth will come out: Bill O'Reilly after Fox News exit

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 10:10 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], April 25 (ANI): Bill O'Reilly marked his return to the public sphere on Monday in his first comments since he and Fox News parted ways amid allegations of sexual assault as he addressed the controversy in his podcast, titled No Spin News, by maintaining his innocence and vowing more details would soon come to light.

Full Story >>

Nawaz Sharif is doing miserably: Musharraf

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 09:10 IST     

Connecticut [U.S.A.], April 25 (ANI): Criticising the ruling regime, former military ruler of Pakistan General (retired) Pervez Musharraf said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was doing 'miserably'.

Full Story >>

Narendra Modi does not want peace with Pakistan: Musharraf

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 07:45 IST     

Connecticut [USA], Apr 25 (ANI): Amid already strained ties between the two neighbors, Pakistan's former military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf further added fuel in the fire by stating that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not interested in making peace with Pakistan, while adding that New Delhi is now run by a 'hardcore religious party'.

Full Story >>

7.1 magnitude quake hits Chile, no major damage reported

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 06:40 IST     

London [U.K.], Apr 25 (ANI): A powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 on richter scale rocked the west coast of Chile, shaking the capital Santiago as well.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 25 (ANI): Continuing his vociferous campaign for the GOP healthcare plan, President Donald Trump took another shot at ObamaCare while assuring that his plan will lead to cheaper premiums and "real healthcare".

Full Story >>