The candidate or the circumstances

… Trump’s failure to capture a plurality of the popular vote suggests he failed to live up to the potential created for him by situational factors over which neither he, nor Clinton, had any control.

As I noted throughout the campaign, Clinton was running an uphill race based on the fundamentals.

Fundamental attribution error, though, focused our collective attention on Trump’s many personal failings, while partially blinding us to the precarious position Clinton occupied because of the situation in which she was running. CONT.

Mark Mellman (Mellman Group), The Hill