Clinton touts wider white voter support than Obama

In a gaffe sure to continue igniting the racial discussion throughout the Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton argued that her appeal goes beyond Obama’s in terms of pulling in more white voters.

Here is her interview with USAToday:

The report from USA Today:

Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

Clinton’s blunt remarks about race came a day after primaries in Indiana and North Carolina dealt symbolic and mathematical blows to her White House ambitions.

I’ve chronicled, somewhat, how the vote has been splitting between Obama and Clinton. She tends to take less educated voters while Obama tends to take more educated voters. Theoretically Clinton’s above statements are correct. However, Larry Sabato points out why it doesn’t matter:

Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said Clinton’s comment was a “poorly worded” variation on the way analysts have been “slicing and dicing the vote in racial terms.”

However, he said her primary support doesn’t prove she’s more electable. Either Democrat will get “the vast majority” of the other’s primary election votes in a general election, he said.

I agree with Larry, this will all change once a nominee is chosen. Although that time seems to be getting further away, not closer.