pinProvided even a reasonable percentage of her supporters turn out, as opposed to spending the day in a bar drowning their sorrows at what has become of America, then Hillary Clinton has already won the Presidential election.

Barring an opinion earthquake, of course. Of which, yes, there is always a tiny possibility – especially in this most unusual year – but we surely now know everything there is to know about Mrs Clinton after her much-touted thirty years in public life. The chances of anything truly dramatic coming out now is vanishingly low, especially after the Wikileaks big expose, which kept some right-wing Americans up all night with excitement waiting for the goss, turned out to be a complete fizzer.

How can we be so sure? Simple. The size of the mountain Trump has to climb.

This is famed statistician Nate Silver’s latest forecast of the likely result.

Likely election result

This takes into account a wide range of opinion polls, some traditionally favouring one side, some the other, but only some of which factor in opinions SINCE the Trump “groping” scandal broke. The CNN poll on “who won the debate” isn’t factored in, but that strongly favoured Clinton too, even though it generally overstates Clinton support slightly, a factor that CNN acknowledge.

In other words, if Trump’s scandalous remarks are not fully factored in yet, and the debate isn’t either, then this is a dire result for Trump. His position, already looking rocky, has declined further. And still has some downside to go.

This is how Trump has been faring recently:

Clinton creeps towards 50% in the popular vote.

Clinton creeps towards 50% in the popular vote.

 

The College starts to favour Clinton markedly.

The College starts to favour Clinton markedly.

 

Chance of winning

The “chance of winning” calculation looks insurmountable for Trump.

 

The “path to a win” problem

Most pointedly, when we look at the Electoral College likely result, Trump’s path to the White House now looks impossible, because the polls are predicting critical wins for the Democrats in Florida (up by more than three points) and Pennsylvania (up by nearly seven points), in North Carolina and Virginia by comfortable margins, and, indeed, in every other battleground state except Nevada and Arizona, and in Nevada Trump’s lead is just 4%, and in Arizona it’s “even stevens”, but then again we also know that the main newspaper in that state is now campaigning for Clinton.

Trump simply doesn’t have a route to win, on these figures. As things stand, Clinton will win 310-340 electoral college votes: more than enough for a very comfortable victory. Trump may well pile up votes in very conservative locations, but that doesn’t help him, no matter how much “singing to the choir” he does.

But the real killer for Trump is that things are going to get worse from here, not better. Blind Freddie can see that there will be some fallout from the recent furore that will be reflected in polls that will get reported by about Wednesday or Thursday, American time. How big a hit Trump will take is as yet unknown, but a hit there will be.

And as Silver argues:

Trump couldn’t really afford any negative shock to his numbers, given that he entered Friday in a bad position to begin with. Let’s say that the tape only hurts him by one percentage point, for instance, bringing him to a 6-point deficit from a 5-point deficit a week ago. Even that would be a pretty big deal. Before, Trump had to make up five points in five weeks — or one point per week. Now, he has to make up six points in four weeks instead (1.5 points per week).

In other words, Trump’s mountain is growing, not getting smaller. A gain of 1.5 points a week will require a massive sea change in opinion and there is no evidence whatsoever that is happening.

In addition, we see three more anti-Trump factors that will be starting to bite against him, given that is always a delay between things coming up and them affecting the opinion polls.

Trump’s “non payment of Federal tax for 20 years”

The expose over Trump’s tax situation is, we believe, much more telling than some people have realised. It’s simply too smug for Trump to dismiss it as “smart business” to use write offs to reduce tax seemingly forever. The idea that a billionaire doesn’t need to pay ANY tax, year after year, is a lousy atmospheric for the Republicans, especially for a party often condemned as being only interested in the big end of town. Trump’s natural support base is angry. Angry in an inchoate, unspecific way.

And they all pay their taxes, on much lower incomes. Sure, a few will say “good on him”, and a few will argue “he did nothing illegal”, but that is emphatically not the point. Most will say, “Well, f***.”

Trump’s stunt on Sunday with “the Bill Clinton women”.

No one would argue that Bill Clinton is anything other than a womaniser: it’s a near-fatal character flaw when his record is judged. But there’s a reason that Republican strategists have historically NOT gone after him as a means to get at Hillary. It’s because every time it’s brought up, it produces more sympathy for Hillary than everything else, especially amongst women voters. In desperation, Trump broke that rule. It won’t help him, and could hurt him.

Also, every time Trump brings up Clinton it reminds people of his own transgressions. His first wife accused him of rape – an allegation withdrawn after a confidential settlement. A “live” rape case with a thirteen year old plaintiff is in the courts now. Trump denies both, but, you know, so did Clinton …

The Republican backlash.

Sure, the Republican Party is split right down the middle. Sure, Tea Party types will accuse all those Republicans now abandoning Trump as being the best possible reason to back him and his intra-party revolution. But not all Republican voters are Teapublicans, and they and “independent” voters leaning towards Trump will be dismayed at his own colleagues’ thumping rejection of him. Some of those voters will plump instead for the Libertarian, Johnson, some will simply stay home rather than vote for the hated Clinton. Neither of those possibilities help Trump. By contrast, the centre and left have coalesced effectively around Clinton, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein is fading.

Now opinion polls have been wrong in the past. (Most notably with “Brexit”, which we and everyone else called wrong.) But not this wrong.

Which is why we say, as we have all along, it’s all over. Somewhere, a fat lady is singing her lungs out.

Probably one that Trump insulted.

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Comments
  1. Peter Morley says:

    Just like your Brexit prediction although admittedly, Hillary is 9/2 on with the bookies so it’s a bit like telling us how Winx was going to win a three horse race last Saturday.

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    • Stephen Yolland says:

      Except, Peter, EVERYONE thought “Brexit” would fail, including the Brexit leadership, this article acknowledges we got that one wrong – which leads me to suspect you didn’t even read the article before commenting – and this blog has argued that Trump would get an utter thrashing from Clinton for more than two years, when others – like you – were proudly crowing the opposite. The facts are now simply catching up with Wellthisiswhatithink. I think given we refused to take your money just a couple of months ago you could be a tad more charitable …

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  2. mlshatto says:

    I’m wondering if you have seen this recent article from Kurt Eichenwald at Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-sidney-blumenthal-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-benghazi-sputnik-508635

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    • Stephen Yolland says:

      No. I have just put it on my FB page. Simply astonishing. There is nothing he will not stoop too.

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      • mlshatto says:

        Unfortunately, though this is, in my opinion, even more disturbing than the sexual assault tape that came out a few days ago, I don’t think it is going to evoke nearly the same outrage among the general public. Comprehending the full implications requires a lot more mental agility to connect the dots, and it can’t be reduced to a three word headline.

        And this morning I heard a news report from his campaign rally in western PA last evening in which he again declares that he will bring back coal mining jobs and either completely renegotiate NAFTA or scrap it entirely and “start over.” The crowd roared its approval. These statements themselves are enough to cause utter turmoil in the global financial markets should he, God forbid, win the election. He has no clue, and clearly his advisors can’t control him. It is irresponsibility bordering on the criminal.

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  3. Pat A says:

    I do hope and pray that you are right and that Trump will fail – it is frightening that the Republicans could let this happen to their party.

    (I do wish everyone had been right with their predictions about Brexit – but I am glad that you point out in the article that just as everyone else did, you got it wrong – most commentators/authors would have liked to quietly not mention that – well done Yolly.).

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  4. Nakakagigil says:

    Simply astounding. Who could not love this? Thousands of words, arrogant chest-thumping predictions, confident assertions on subjects the author hasn’t a clue about, and not a single syllable accurate. Indeed, nearly EVERYTHING turned out exactly opposite as written. It takes some real exertions to write down thousands of words and be wrong about EVERY SINGLE THING. How can anyone not love this?

    I sure hope this “Path to Win Problem” won’t cause too much problem for the candidate that will likely win 306 electoral votes and 30.2 states. But who knows?

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    • Stephen Yolland says:

      I got an election prediction wrong. Like everyone else. Whoopdydo. Thanks for all the completely avoidable and empty-headed abuse, by the way, which is clearly all you can aspire to. I strongly suspect you are someone I have blocked on Facebook, for good reason. Be careful, or you’ll be gone from here, too.

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