Hillary Clinton will enter Wednesday night’s final presidential debate with Democrats having already declared victory in the Nov. 8 election, and analysts say her biggest task in the high-stakes showdown is to avoid any unforced errors against Republican Donald Trump and try to “run out the clock” over the next three weeks.
Showing just how confident the Clinton team is heading into the Las Vegas forum, campaign officials this week announced that the campaign would shift millions of dollars to House and Senate candidates, believing that the battle against Mr. Trump essentially is over.
Recent polls, almost all of which show the former first lady enjoying a comfortable lead, also have the Clinton campaign believing it’s firmly in the driver’s seat. The most recent Real Clear Politics average of all surveys givesMrs. Clinton a 7 point advantage; some recent polls, including a CBS News survey released this week, show her up by double digits.
If she’s able to avoid any mistakes Wednesday night, Mrs. Clinton likely will shift her full attention toward building a Democratic landslide on Nov. 8 in the hopes of bringing with her to the White House majorities in both houses of Congress and a clear mandate from the American people.