What Will Hillary Clinton do next to win the Democrat Nomination?
Two Horse Race?
The main rivals and only winners of the Democrat Primaries are Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. After the first two primaries in Utah and New Hampshire, the front runners have won one each. The winning Democrat requires the support of 2382 to cross the finishing line. As it stands after the first two primaries, Clinton is well ahead with 394 delegates to Sanders 44.
The upcoming primaries in Nevada and South Carolina are fast approaching and lead nicely into Super Tuesday on March 1st. This is a key date for any of the delegates as a convincing showing at these polls could determine the party nomination.
So what does Clinton have to do to secure these votes? She has to do something that she is not good at, but her opponent Sanders is a master of. Spin. Clinton has been running a traditional and safe campaign, because she likes detail and a well written plan. The public however, in these trying times of austerity and terrorism want to hear rousing speeches and fist pumping rhetoric.
This is not in Clinton’s comfort zone. As Secretary of State she used to get frustrated with Barak Obama’s speeches with little substance, leaving her to make them happen.
Clinton needs to make her speeches a bit more poetic without sounding like Sanders and deliver them in a more forceful manner to get her message home.
The elephant in the room for Hilary Clinton is can she win over the black voters? These next two primaries have a more diverse population than Iowa and New Hampshire, so the color question now comes into view. The first two primaries consisted of more than 90% of white voters. With Nevada and South Carolina coming up, Clinton needs to focus on the black vote.
She has got off to a good start and received some support last Thursday as The Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee - the political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus - came out in her favor. To maintain her lead she needs to expand on these endorsements. However, it is not all plain sailing for Clinton. There has also been some negative reporting towards her. An article in The Nation Magazine by black legal scholar Michelle Alexander, argues that policies her husband Bill implemented as President and she fully supported, such as the crime bill to welfare reform, decimated black America.
Convincing wavering supporters
Her other strategy to keep her the front runner, is to win financial support. Sanders win in New Hampshire has allowed him to secure more funds. Clinton needs to win in Nevada and South Carolina to convince wavering supporters to pledge their money behind her and hope that her competitors throw in the towel.
Change of style?
Expect more rousing and chest thumping speeches from Clinton in the not too distant feature, which should win her the Democrat nomination and pitch her most probably against the marmite character of Donald Trump in the presidential election this November.