- Nov 14, 2005
All true IMO. I'd also add the media into that mix where it made a fortune covering Trump's antics rather than anything substantive on the daily grind issues that HRC wished to discuss. They likewise presumed she'd win anyway. Well, she didn't...There is little doubt about the effect of the Comey letter.
The irony is that Comey felt free to send it because he was sure Clinton would win. He dreaded becoming a target for Congressional Republicans when it came out after the election that the investigation into Clinton had been re-opened.
Similarly, over-confidence in Clinton's win lulled a lot of Democrats into staying home or voting for 3rd parties. Trump added ~2 million Republican voters to Romney's 2012 total - about the average that could be expected from population growth. Clinton only added 0.6 million votes to Obama's 2012 total - but still won the popular vote by the largest amount ever. An even bigger popular vote win would have converted into an Electoral College win.