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  •  Obama barely won the '08 indy vote (52-44%) (6+ / 0-)
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    TofG, R30A, LordMike, mdmslle, bythesea, wishingwell

    according to exit polls. He won more because more Democrats voted than Republicans - the 2008 electorate was 39% Democratic, 32% Republican, and 29% independent/other parties.

    The narrowness of Obama's margin over McCain among indies - plus the discrepancy between moderates and independents in this poll - only help to confirm what I have long thought: That many independents aren't true independents, but merely call themselves independents publicly only to vote straight Republican in the privacy of a voting booth.

    It's good to see that despite everything that's working against Obama right now - including the media, Republicans, and the economy - Obama's still leading. Wait until people see the difference between the two candidates.

    Rick Perry wishes you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and... He can't remember the third one... Oops.

    by ScottyUrb on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 12:33:29 PM PST

    •  Well yeah, wasn't that recently (2+ / 0-)
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      pretty much confirmed that most were indeed partisan and tilted GOP?  I think Kos posted a diary about it.

      •  It was in a post by either Jed, Steve or David (2+ / 0-)
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        bythesea, ScottyUrb

        I saved the damn thing and cannot find it at the moment. But yes, that was the case.

        I know a lot of Dem Indies, actually. I've never understood the attraction, but there they are.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 05:23:05 PM PST

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        •  I was one of those (3+ / 0-)
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          until a I moved to a state where you had to register by party.  Previously I didn't have to register with a party and just had to ask for the Democratic ballot to vote in primaries.  I think many do to voice some discontent with the party, even though they vote for it.  I identified as an Independent but almost always voted Dem.  When I came to CA I registered as a Democrat in order to vote in the primaries.

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