Liberals are holding their noses as Hillary Clinton seeks to win over Republican voters.
The Democratic nominee is less than two weeks removed from accepting the party’s nomination after a bitterly fought primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose surprising run through the primaries exposed a deep rift between Clinton and the liberal base.
Clinton has worked hard to mend that rift, moving toward Sanders during the primary and offering him concessions in the Democratic platform.
Polls suggest this is paying off, with Sanders supporters rallying behind her. The Democratic presidential nominee enjoys a lead over Republican Donald Trump nationally and in battleground states.
In the last two weeks, however, Clinton has shifted her strategy to focus more on winning over Republican voters unnerved by Trump.
Clinton has been working furiously behind-the-scenes to draw influential Republicans into her camp.
The outreach has extended to the Republican donor class, with Clinton landing billionaire conservative activists like former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman and casino magnate Harry Sloan.