Book Author: Hillary Campaign Didn’t Poll for Last Three Weeks of Campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin

Co-authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen appeared on Thursday’s broadcast to promote their new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.” During that appearance, Parnes revealed that Robby Mook, the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential bid, relied on analytics instead of the on-the-ground conditions during the campaign. That according to Parnes was why that campaign decided against polling in Michigan and Wisconsin, two losses by which the Clinton campaign was blindsided. “There was some blame to go around among the top aides,” Parnes said. “Some people point to Robby Mook because he was so focused on analytics and data and to the detriment of polling. They didn’t poll for the last three weeks of the campaign in key states like Michigan and Wisconsin.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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President Trump Will Meet with Pope Francis in May

Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders, U.S. and Vatican officials said Wednesday. When asked about a possible meeting, White House press spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that officials would be contacting the Vatican to arrange a meeting between Trump and the Pope during the latter’s visit to Italy at the end of May “Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” he said. For his part, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican equivalent of a deputy prime minister, confirmed to the Italian news agency ANSA that “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.” In last November’s election, Catholics voted for Donald Trump by a substantial margin over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with 52 percent voting for Mr. Trump and only 45 percent voting for Mrs. Clinton, the Pew Research Center reported. The victory for Trump among Catholics represented a significant 5 percent shift away from the Democratic Party in the four years since 2012. Among Christians who regularly attend services the divide was still greater, with weekly churchgoers voting for Trump at
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‘Shattered’ Author: Clinton’s Campaign Believed If More In Midwest ‘Knew About the Election, It Would Hurt Her’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “First 100 Days,” Jonathan Allen, a columnist at Roll Call and one of the authors of the book “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” stated that Clinton’s campaign believed that “if more people” in the Midwest knew about the election, “it would hurt her.” Allen said, “[S]ome of those Midwestern states, particularly in Michigan and a bit and Wisconsin, her campaign believed that if more people knew about the election, it would hurt her. So, one of the reasons that they said that they didn’t spend as much time there, didn’t send her as much, in fact, she never set foot in Wisconsin in this campaign, was the idea that she would actually create a backlash for herself if more people were aware of the election.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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