The 2016 presidential election is about two deplorables, yes, but how tight the race is says more about the voters than the candidates. Marci A. Hamilton:
There is a deep connection between education and a successful, well-run representative democracy. Voters need significant education to be able to judge the people to whom they delegate the power to make governing decisions and to assess how their governing system is operating. Without adequate education generally and specifically about representative democracy, the system itself is at risk.
The most potent weapon the people have is the ballot box. One of the more interesting developments in the 2016 election cycle is that there is an educational divide among voters. Hillary Clinton is significantly ahead of Donald Trump among college-educated voters, while Trump is more appealing to white, less educated voters.
Why are white, uneducated voters willing to vote for Trump? Job unhappiness to be sure, but I would posit that it is also because they have not been adequately educated to understand just how dangerous a President Trump would be to the Constitution. I would further posit that the failure of their education is attributable to the country as a whole for failing to ensure that every student is adequately educated, in particular regarding the government.
In essence, less educated voters don’t know how to vote, and are more prone to manipulation by parties and candidates.