Democrats face eight hard steps to retake the White House

Despite catastrophic loss to Donald Trump, the pulverised party can still pick itself up

“Many working people voted for the guy who said he would change the rigged system.” Photograps: Getty Images

“Many working people voted for the guy who said he would change the rigged system.” Photograps: Getty Images

As Democrats in the US plan a new campaign to win back the White House and Congress, a few lessons can be learned from the recent election.

First, Donald Trump’s win was not a decisive victory for Republicans, given that the billionaire TV star, a one-time Democrat, ran as an outsider, shunned by nearly every official in the Republican party. Hillary Clinton would have triumphed if she had not lost by a tiny margin in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. She actually won the popular poll by 2.8 million votes, a bigger margin than any other presidential election.

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