At the onset of the Democratic primary race, it appeared that Hillary Clinton was an unquestionable leader in the pack, a shoe-in for the nomination. As the race progressed, however, Bernie Sanders garnered support from a young and disenfranchised voter base, propelling him to the same level as Clinton in many state primaries and even above her in others. With this, the Clinton camp could no longer rest on its laurels or act with the same level of complacency it had been displaying since they had announced that Hillary would be running for president. The tough race against Sanders for the nomination may have just gotten slightly less close, however, with the recent support from President Obama.
The New York Times reports that Obama has been speaking to powerful Democratic donors about amassing support behind Clinton in order to assist her in handedly securing the Party’s nomination as well as the general election. According to the report, “Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Senator Bernie Sanders is nearing the point where his campaign against Hillary Clinton will come to an end, and that the party must soon come together to back her.”
Obama also reportedly acknowledged some deficiencies in the Clinton campaign, such as an image of inauthenticity. He went on to say that the vote in November was far more important than any of the minor issues one may have with Hillary and her team, and thus the Party needs to unite behind her in order to ensure that she is the next President of the United States.
Will this private, and not yet official, endorsement help Hillary Clinton secure the nomination and general election?