Hillary Clinton: On top, or in the middle?

The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee."

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Published: Thu 9 Jun 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 9 Jun 2016, 2:00 AM

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was declared the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party. History was created, to the sound of thunderous applause, because, in the 240-year-old history of the United States, she is the first woman to secure the nomination of a political party. So, on the face of it, it's now battle-lines drawn between her and Donald Trump. In the times to come, Hillary will, no doubt, make 'woman power' one of her biggest planks (just the way Obama drew from the 'diversity' plank). In her speech after the Democratic nomination, she, tellingly, said: "It may be hard to see tonight but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now. But don't worry. We're not smashing this one. Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone. The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee."
Yes, right, but let this not be a case of counting the eggs before they are hatched. Even if we weren't to factor in the matter of the FBI indictment over Clinton's private email server controversy, a new study shows up interesting stats. According to bustle.com, a Data Targeting survey claims that as many as 91 per cent of (surveyed) young voters want an Independent candidate to run in the US general election if it's a toss-up between Democrat Clinton and Republican Trump. The same survey also says that about 55 per cent of Americans would like a third option in the form of an Independent candidate. With a lot of political pundits in the world's second-largest democracy now suggesting Bernie Sanders run as an Independent candidate, this is going to be interesting game of watch-and-watch for the whole world.

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