At NBC News, "First Read: What We Got Wrong":
What we got wrong in the 2016 presidential electionNote this is just NBC, although my headline indicates "the entire leftist media establishment," which should be under indictment at this point. Sheesh.
If you believe in learning from your mistakes, here is everything we and plenty others seemed to get wrong in the general election:
That the poll numbers showing Donald Trump's percentage in the high 30s and low 40s couldn't grow;
That a seemingly stable race -- with Hillary Clinton holding a consistent lead -- wouldn't change at the end;
That the votes out of Urban America and its suburbs would overwhelm the votes out of Rural America;
That Clinton was the one expanding the political map versus Trump doing it;
That changing demographics assured Democratic success in presidential contests, unless the GOP made an explicit appeal to minority voters;
That the Obama coalition could be transferred to another Democrat;
That Trump couldn't win if he got a lower percentage of white voters than Mitt Romney did four years ago;
That the party's that's more united has the advantage in a presidential contest over the more divide party;
That the conventions and presidential debates actually mattered;
That a small band of partisans couldn't get away with trying to delegitimize the media;
And that a presidential candidate who demolished so many norms (not releasing tax returns, talking about jailing an opponent, threatening not to respect the election's outcome) would pay a price for them in the end.
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