Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers may have her only slightly ahead of Donald Trump, but her numbers are still within the margin of error. Some note the smaller lead could be the result of a lack of enthusiasm from key Democratic voting blocs.

Clinton leads Trump 64 percent to 20 percent nationally among Latinos. However, in 2012, President Barack Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote. Given Trump’s hostile comments towards Hispanic Americans, many expected Clinton to be doing better. Doug Thornell, interim senior advisor for the Democratic National Committee, says Democrats working to reach out to all communities.

“This week Clinton made a big pitch to millennials that actually started last week. She rolled out an initiative to Americans with disabilities, the Clinton campaign launched new ads targeting Hispanic Americans and African Americans,” Thornell said. “We’re encouraging people to register to vote. National voter registration day is on Tuesday. You have to have turnout mechanism.”

Clinton is also having difficulty appealing to white, non-college graduate voters, who support Trump 57 percent to her 29 percent. Even among women in this group, only 34 percent support Clinton to Trump’s 51 percent. Thornell insists that the campaign isn’t giving up on this group.

“I think Clinton has a plan that should be appealing to all voters but certainly white working class voters,” Thornell says. “I think it is important to look at the two economic proposals on the table. Clinton believes in raising wages, making sure billionaires like Trump pay their share, she believes in investing in infrastructure, making sure students are not saddled with debt.”

According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, 46 percent of the nation says they are “very” or “extremely” enthusiastic about this election cycle. Even among Democrats, 57 percent report that they are less enthusiastic about this election than they have been in previous years, compared to 48 percent of Republicans who are more enthusiastic than in previous years.

Thornell says he isn’t worried.

“In 2012, we had to deal with what was considered an enthusiasm gap among supporters of Obama and Romney and it turned around and it was part of a really good ground game that the democrats put together. And we are looking at it again and we’re seeing Clinton focus on millennial voters, Hispanic voters, African Americans voters, that’s why the DNC is doing the same.”

See Thornell’s full interview here.

Show More

Related Videos

  • Jamal Simmons and John Feehery Extended Interview

    November 13, 2016

    Jamal Simmons and John Feehery Extended Interview

    November 13, 2016

    Soledad O'Brien sits down with Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons and SOP strategist John...

    Watch now
  • Dems Need to Woo “The Forgotten” Back

    November 12, 2016

    Dems Need to Woo “The Forgotten” Back

    November 12, 2016

    The nation heard the message loud and clear on election night – “the forgotten” wanting ch...

    Watch now
  • Full Doug Thornell Interview

    September 24, 2016

    Full Doug Thornell Interview

    September 24, 2016

    Doug Thornell, DNC senior advisor, talks Hillary Clinton's campaign, how she is doing with...

    Watch now
  • Perez: Firing of Comey “Affront to Democracy”

    May 13, 2017

    Perez: Firing of Comey “Affront to Democracy”

    May 13, 2017

    It’s been a chaotic week in Washington by any standard. Democrats are spurring public outr...

    Watch now
  • Pitting Free Speech Against Free Speech

    March 11, 2017

    Pitting Free Speech Against Free Speech

    March 11, 2017

    Last week, Middlebury College in Vermont was engulfed in protesters. Libertarian Charles M...

    Watch now
  • Rep. Jayapal: US Detention Centers are Abusing Human Rights

    March 11, 2017

    Rep. Jayapal: US Detention Centers are Abusing Human Rights

    March 11, 2017

    After President Trump’s first travel ban was signed, hundreds of people were detained at a...

    Watch now
  • Rep. McClintock’s Advice to Trump: “Stay the Course”

    February 18, 2017

    Rep. McClintock’s Advice to Trump: “Stay the Course”

    February 18, 2017

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media for continually naming his administration “...

    Watch now
  • Extra: Rep. Tom McClintock on GOP Efforts to Repeal Obamacare

    February 18, 2017

    Extra: Rep. Tom McClintock on GOP Efforts to Repeal Obamacare

    February 18, 2017

    Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) sits down with Soledad O'Brien to discuss Republican efforts to...

    Watch now

Latest

  • Manufacturing in Need of Employees

    May 20, 2017

    Manufacturing in Need of Employees

    May 20, 2017

    Since the end of the recession, the manufacturing industry has been growing – bo...

    Watch now
  • Former Prosecutor: Incarceration Does Not Always Make Us Safer

    May 20, 2017

    Former Prosecutor: Incarceration Does Not Always Make Us Safer

    May 20, 2017

    There’s a new mandate from Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling federal prosec...

    Watch now
  • Bipartisan Bill To Hold Drug Companies Accountable

    May 20, 2017

    Bipartisan Bill To Hold Drug Companies Accountable

    May 20, 2017

    According to a recent study, approximately 45 million Americans did not fulfill ...

    Watch now
  • Extended Interview: Activist “Targeted” by Congressman at Job

    May 20, 2017

    Extended Interview: Activist “Targeted” by Congressman at Job

    May 20, 2017

    Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) is the subject of an ethics complaint af...

    Watch now
  • Obama Millennial Outreach to City Council Candidate

    May 13, 2017

    Obama Millennial Outreach to City Council Candidate

    May 13, 2017

    Ronnie Cho, 34 years old, was inspired to run by his former boss – President Bar...

    Watch now
  • A Personal Essay - The Face of a Preexisting Condition

    May 13, 2017

    A Personal Essay - The Face of a Preexisting Condition

    May 13, 2017

    As Congress works out the details for repealing and replacing Obamacare, many Am...

    Watch now
  • WEB EXTRA: New Bill Could Make Preexisting Conditions Too Expensive to Cover

    May 13, 2017

    WEB EXTRA: New Bill Could Make Preexisting Conditions Too Expensive to Cover

    May 13, 2017

    The Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is now in the ...

    Watch now
  • DOJ Expert: A Select Cmte Ideal for Russia Probe

    May 13, 2017

    DOJ Expert: A Select Cmte Ideal for Russia Probe

    May 13, 2017

    After the firing of FBI director James Comey by President Donald Trump the Capit...

    Watch now
  • Manufacturing in Need of Employees

    May 20, 2017

    Manufacturing in Need of Employees

    May 20, 2017

    Since the end of the recession, the manufacturing industry has been growing – bo...

    Watch now
  • Health Advocates: Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Leave Women Behind

    April 22, 2017

    Health Advocates: Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Leave Women Behind

    April 22, 2017

    Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers could lose federal funding in so...

    Watch now
  • ‘Fugees of Georgia Making America a Second Home

    April 15, 2017

    ‘Fugees of Georgia Making America a Second Home

    April 15, 2017

    Every state except for Wyoming has hubs of refugees from all over the globe, par...

    Watch now
  • Understanding Another Cause of PTSD

    April 1, 2017

    Understanding Another Cause of PTSD

    April 1, 2017

    As an army photographer, Jacob Fadley captured the horrific scenes of war, inclu...

    Watch now
  • Combating Wounds Within: Robert Vessels

    April 1, 2017

    Combating Wounds Within: Robert Vessels

    April 1, 2017

    Within a week of graduating high school, Robert Vessels was in basic training to...

    Watch now
  • Decorated War Vet Combating the Stigma of PTSD

    April 1, 2017

    Decorated War Vet Combating the Stigma of PTSD

    April 1, 2017

    Retired Army Colonel Greg Gadson is a decorated war hero with a Purple Heart. Af...

    Watch now
  • Sexual Harassment in Military Compounding PTSD

    April 1, 2017

    Sexual Harassment in Military Compounding PTSD

    April 1, 2017

    Trauma in the military can be caused by the severe psychological toll or, as new...

    Watch now
  • Fighting for Better PTSD Diagnosis

    April 1, 2017

    Fighting for Better PTSD Diagnosis

    April 1, 2017

    U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Kelly Rodriguez served in Afghanistan as a medic trea...

    Watch now
  • May 13, 2017

    May 20, 2017

    May 13, 2017

    May 20, 2017

    This weekend on Matter of Fact, Soledad O'Brien visits DNC headquarter to ask Ch...

    Watch now
  • May 6, 2017

    May 13, 2017

    May 6, 2017

    May 13, 2017

    This weekend on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, we dive into the First Amen...

    Watch now
  • April 29, 2017

    May 6, 2017

    April 29, 2017

    May 6, 2017

    This weekend on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, we look at President Trump'...

    Watch now
  • April 22, 2017

    April 29, 2017

    April 22, 2017

    April 29, 2017

    This weekend on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien we dive into Republican town...

    Watch now
  • April 15, 2017

    April 22, 2017

    April 15, 2017

    April 22, 2017

    Matter of Fact comes to you this week from New York City. Soledad O'Brien is joi...

    Watch now
  • April 8, 2017

    April 15, 2017

    April 8, 2017

    April 15, 2017

    This weekend on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien U.S. foreign affairs are a...

    Watch now