WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — For Donald Trump to win the White House, he’ll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Wendy Emery.
Yet the 52-year-old business owner from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, is struggling with the notion that Trump is her party’s presumptive presidential nominee, and she can’t commit to voting for him.
Emery’s negative impression of Trump is shared by most of the dozens of white, suburban women from politically important states who were interviewed by The Associated Press this spring. Their views are reflected in public opinion polls.
Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign sees that as a tantalizing general election opening.
While white voters continue to abandon the Democrats, small gains with white women could help put the expected Democratic nominee over the top if the election is close.