Political scientist Daniel P. Franklin, an associate professor at Georgia State University and an expert on American chief executives, budgeting and the legislative process, is available to discuss the entrance of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
He is the author of “Pitiful Giants: Presidents in their Final Term” (Palgrave MacMillian, 2014) and “Politics and Film: Political Culture and Film in the United States” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), among other publications exploring political culture, executive powers and the relationships between the presidency and Congress.
Franklin said that going into 2016, Democratic candidates such as Clinton have a built-in structural advantage due to the electoral college system.
“Because of our system where the outcome of presidential elections is determined by states rather than the popular vote, Democratic candidates hold an advantage in enough states, with enough electoral votes to win most of the time,” he explained.
“The only danger to Democratic candidates in this scenario is that they will not be able to turn out their voters – and that is possible in this case, given the lack of enthusiasm for Clinton’s campaign,” he continued.
Franklin said that he sees parallels between 2016 and the 1988 presidential campaign, where George H.W. Bush won his only term as president.
“I think Hillary Clinton will be able to squeeze out at least one more term of a Democratic presidency,” he said.
For more information about Franklin, visit http://politicalscience.gsu.edu/profile/daniel-p-franklin/.