Campaign 2016 shapes up after conventions close

Campaign 2016 shapes up after conventions close

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The conventions are over and that means the real race can begin. For supporters on both sides, especially Trump backers, they know there's work to do to rally in enough votes.

"He obviously has a lot of work to do with women and the female vote, and he has a lot of work to do with the Hispanic vote," said John Young, former Jefferson Parish president and Trump supporter.

But Hillary Clinton supporters likely won't see the same excitement that President Obama generated in 2008.

"Eight years ago, the Democrats couldn't wait for the polls to open, to hurry up down there and cast their vote. It's not like that right now," said Austin Badon, former Democratic state representative.

FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman said a third-party candidate may seem like they have a shot, considering low favorability on both sides of the aisle, but he said it's not that simple.

"Will there be some people who want to cast a vote of dissent and vote for a third-party candidate? Sure, but that's not gonna be a sizable number, because in this election the choice is clear between Clinton and Trump. I think most voters want to pick the president, not just make a statement with their vote," Sherman said.

It's why Democrats are hopeful that people in Louisiana, who traditionally don't vote, will visit the polls in November.

"You're gonna see a lot of voter registration drives taking place, probably by the Democrats, because the perceived perception is the Republicans are more chronic voters," Badon said.

Republicans may not see the same presence, though, in Sportsman's Paradise.

"I don't think we're gonna see a lot of activity from the Trump campaign in a sense of Trump coming down here to Louisiana. Not a lot of electoral votes. He has Louisiana pretty much in the bag," Young said.

But with a blue governor elected in the last statewide election, Democrats are hopeful that Clinton will be Louisiana's choice.

"The Republican party is not in love with Donald Trump. He's kind of like, well, he's the girl that I'm taking to dance right now. The other girls, the prettier girls turned me down, so I gotta go with him," Badon said.

But the dance for president is still months away, and Republicans think that's plenty of time to make their candidate the pretty choice.

"He's gonna have to pivot a little more to the general election electorate and not shoot so much from the hip, as he has in the past, but this is a winnable race," Young said.

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