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Political strategists explain what can be learned from Trump's unorthodox campaign

Nov 10, 2016

America needs some healing.

The long, hard, bitter campaign left deep divisions and many are wondering what it will take to bring us together as Americans -- to give us a sense of being on the same team.

Is that even possible in 2016?

To make sense of it all, Democratic strategist T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs and Republican strategist Matt Marsden with RevSix Data Systems joined Stateside to break it all down.

According to Bucholz and Marsden, one of the biggest reasons why Donald Trump was able to become the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988 was voter turnout. Low voter turnout in Democratic strongholds like Wayne County in Detroit and high voter turnout in places like Macomb County where Trump did well.

Why was turnout so low in the strongholds?

One of the main reasons the two discussed was the fact that voters were dissatisfied with both candidates and the toxic nature of the campaign kept many away from the polls. 

The two talked about the unorthodox campaign of Donald Trump and why it ultimately was successful and why Clinton fell short.  

Listen to the full interview above to hear about the role of millennial voters, what Clinton winning the popular vote means and why Trump has a lot of work to do to win over people he offended during the campaign.

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