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Ex-Obama campaign manager: GOP could have won 2016

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President Obama’s former campaign manager says the GOP could have won the White House this year with the correct candidate.

“This was a winnable race for the right Republican candidate,” David Plouffe said Thursday, according to Politico.

{mosads}“So I think that’s probably why people here in Cleveland, some of them are so downcast,” he added of the Republican National Convention.

“[It] is they know this was a race that — well, certainly should’ve been competitive, but it could’ve been winnable. … But that’s what I think is tragic if you’re a Republican. … You know, maybe you still would’ve lost, but it would’ve been close … you had a chance to win.”

Plouffe, who helped Obama win the presidency in 2008, said Hillary Clinton would crush Donald Trump in a landslide victory during this November’s general presidential election.

“This is going to sound crazy, but I think she’s like a 99 percent chance favorite to win,” he said of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

“I don’t think Trump wins any of the states that [Mitt] Romney lost,” Plouffe added. “Clinton’s actually going to have a field-goal unit. Trump has no field-goal unit.

“Clinton could do [1 to 3 points] better in some states, just based on running a more sophisticated and smart campaign. [It’s] more likely Trump gets under 200 electoral votes than he gets 270.”

The Republican Party on Tuesday formally nominated Trump for the presidency during its convention.

Clinton, meanwhile, is expected to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination during the party’s convention in Philadelphia next week.

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