The latest on the presidential horse race.

Clinton Edges out Sanders, Trump Wins by Default

As the primaries wind down, these poll recaps are going to get a lot more boring until we head into the general election. Regardless, in the latest national poll by Pew Research, Hillary Clinton manages to edge out Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump beat the ghosts of Republican past.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 54%
  • Bernie Sanders – 42%

Which Republican candidate do you have no choice to vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 44%
  • No one – 45%

Snark aside, Trump will have to work hard on securing that extra 45 percent of Republican voters who supported either Ted Cruz or John Kasich. In reality, as the general election comes closer, and Clinton continues to look even more scary, Republicans nationwide will fall in line out of fear of another Clinton making it to the White House.

Trump needs to continue to work on his presidential game, honing his domestic policies, and toning down his racist rhetoric. If he can appeal to independents and undecided voters, he may be able to secure additional votes from the non-Republican, but anti-Clinton crowd.

As for Clinton, she continues to struggle to take down Sanders. Even though her delegate lead is a lot higher, especially when you account for superdelegates, she seems incapable of dealing the killing blow to Sander’s campaign. While a 2008 repeat seems unlikely, don’t count out Sander’s tenacity and his ability to make this an incredibly hard primary cycle for Clinton to overcome.

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