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New Poll Says Theoretical Do-Over Wouldn't Change Result, Warns About Midterm Elections

Many believe that it was the 'perfect storm' on that November Election Day in 2016 and that President Donald Trump won because of a fluke. Some have even called to have a do-over, thinking that it would all work out as initially expected and Hillary Clinton would clinch the win. ABC News conducted a poll to find out.

A poll asked voters in the 2016 election if they would do it differently if they had their chance to cast their vote again today. Some 96 percent of Trump voters said they would not. They're perfectly happy with their choice for president.

On the other hand, only 85 percent of Clinton voters would cast their vote for the former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate.

According to ABC, the margin between Trump and Clinton is very close for the overall hypothetical do-over, but Trump would edge Clinton out. "...Trump would retain almost all of his support if the election were held again today (96 percent), fewer of Clinton's supporters say they'd stick with her (85 percent), producing a 40-43 percent Clinton-Trump result in this hypothetical re-do among self-reported 2016 voters," says ABC.

What's really interesting is that of those people who would switch their vote, most of them say they wouldn't switch from Trump to Clinton, or from Clinton to Trump. They say they'd switch to a third party.

Third parties have been on the rise in recent elections as Americans grow more and more frustrated with the establishment, and with the two-party dominance of the political system. In the past, the only threat third party candidates actually posed was that they could take votes away from Democrats or Republicans. While third party candidates are still not getting a significant enough portion of the vote to predict they have a shot, it's clear the momentum is building that could possibly catapult a third-party member into being a real contender.

ABC News concludes with a warning for Democrats: "In a cautionary note to her party, Clinton's 6-point drop in a hypothetical mulligan election relates to views of whether the Democratic Party is in touch with peoples' concerns. Although the sample sizes are small, those who say the party is out of touch are less likely to say they'd support Clinton again, compared with those who see it as in touch."

This could really hurt Democrats in the midterm elections if they're not careful and could pave the way for a second term for Trump.

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