Clinton's Loss Followed Legacy Of Electoral Failures

Hillary Clinton's historic defeat in the presidential election this week confounded pollsters and analysts who had predicted a comfortable victory for the Democratic nominee. But it also continued Clinton's pattern of frequently coming up short in key moments.

In 2008, Clinton's victory in the Democratic primary was considered all but certain until, quite suddenly, it was not. In summer 2015 and earlier this year, Clinton's cruise to the Democratic nomination was a foregone conclusion until, on the eve of the Iowa caucus, it was transformed into a slog by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

And on Tuesday night, Clinton's assured ascension to the White House was stopped dead in its tracks by a defeat the political class failed to see coming.

Like in the case of Jeb Bush's failed bid for the GOP nomination, the warning signs for Clinton appeared early in the primary.

"Hillary Clinton was the candidate that always made sense on paper. She was the logical choice," said Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist. "But she never made rank and file voters enthusiastic, whether it was the 2008 primary or the 2016 general election."

Read more from Sarah Westwood at The Washington Examiner

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