August 31, 2016
With the rise of populist Republican Donald Trump, who’s hard-line views on immigration, squishy views on conservative issues such as abortion, free trade and national security has caused some moderate Republicans–mostly Republican suburban voters in the Philadelphia, Pa. suburbs, the Atlanta suburbs, the Chicago suburbs, and swing states such as Ohio, Iowa, etc. disillusionment.
With that, some moderate Republicans have voiced their support for Hillary Clinton, which would have been seen as unlikely 15 months ago. Hillary Clinton had to move leftward politically on some issues, such as $15/hr minimum wage, opposition to free trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership by democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who transformed Democratic voting-millennials with their love of socialism.
With such prominent Republicans like Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman of California, retiring New York Rep. Richard Hanna, and others endorsing and fundraising for Clinton, the question remains whether they will deliver votes in these suburban areas for Clinton and Kaine. Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, is a centrist Democrat from Virginia who won his 2005 gubernatorial race and his 2012 Senate race by appealing to: moderate suburban Republicans who were worried about his conservative opponents: Jerry Kilgore and George Allen.
Those moderate Republicans-white collar, high income, educated, suburbanites could pull the lever for Clinton/Kaine in November and could cause Donald Trump to lose in a epic landslide.