Pollster says Dems should not focus solely on their base in 2020

Pollster Dritan Nesho said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that Democrats should not focus solely on driving out their base in 2020. 

"I actually think that the answer is not going after your base of voters, especially if you're a Democrat," Nesho, CEO of the HarrisX polling company, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

"Base campaigns tend to work well with incumbents, but if you're a challenger, you need to capture the swing voters," he continued. "You actually need the types of voters that went from Obama to Trump, in a similar case, to take them from Trump towards the Democratic candidate." 

Nesho said that Democrats should focus less on the youth vote, which traditionally breaks for the party, but rather focus on undecided voters.

A Hill-HarrisX survey, released last month, found that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE is struggling to gain traction with millennial voters, giving a leg up to Democrats in that age group. 

However, Democrats are also aiming to take back voters in the Midwest that voted for former President Obama in the past before flipping to Trump in 2016.

"The answer is less with millennials and younger voters, which tend to break with the Democrats, and it's much more with the swing voters in the middle that might be undecided," Nesho said. 

— Julia Manchester