Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, the wildcard election

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(CNN) – Here are the cards the nation has dealt itself: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. A new CNN/ORC poll shows these would be the least popular nominees in modern history.

So in a matchup between the nation’s first female nominee and the most unpredictable candidate perhaps ever, the deck would be stacked with wildcards too.

Wildcard number 1? Donald Trump has given fair warning that his attacks against Clinton will only intensify.  After all, she’s now his biggest competition.

CNN’s newest poll shows Trump behind 41 percent to Clinton’s 54 percent in a hypothetical matchup, “She’s the worst secretary of state in the history of this country,” said Trump.

But will the kind of attacks that have worked so effectively in the republican primaries work in a general election?

When Hillary Clinton called him sexist a few months ago, Donald Trump doubled down, calling out Bill Clinton’s infidelity and Hillary did not put up much of a fight. What will her strategy be now?

“I’m not going to deal with their temper tantrums or their bullying or their efforts to try to provoke me, he can say whatever he wants to say about me, I could really care less,” said Clinton.

Wildcard number 2? Trump says he will re-draw the electoral map by appealing to working class voters.

Trump will likely try to outflank Clinton on the left on trade, can industrial states Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin turn an election? Romney lost those states in 2012 and so went the race.

Wildcard number 3? Trump has made many comments that folks have found offensive but the ones that have offended women and Latinos might be most consequential electorally.

Just to focus on Latinos, the question is will this gin up minority turnout in swing states such as Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Florida?

Finally, wildcard 4: The justice department.  What will the FBI investigation into Clinton’s email server turn up?

A former state department staffer has been given immunity and is cooperating and Clinton will soon be interviewed by the FBI. It’s a question terrifying many democrats.

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