Pollster says party coalitions usually reflect previous presidential nominee

A political party's coalition typically mirrors the one formed by the previous presidential nominee, pollster Dritan Nesho said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV.

"The party tends to reflect the coalition that's put together by their last nominee for a presidential election, whether victorious or not victorious," Nesho, CEO of HarrisX, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

White, working-class voters played a major role in President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE's 2016 victory, helping him traditionally Democratic states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Nesho said the Trump campaign still has a chance to redefine or grow its coalition.

"I would say that there's 60 million eligible voters that don't vote — registered or not registered, lapsed or engaged — and there's plenty of voters from where to pull to put together a new coalition if you're a Republican," he added. "Studies suggest that lapsed voters or inactive voters tend to be downscaled whites, and that plays into Donald Trump's base. It also plays into the Republican strategy."

— Julia Manchester