Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Super Tuesday II: Independents go left

MSNBC has great exit poll information
One of their questions is "No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, Republican, Independent or something else?"

Here's how independents voted yesterday in the Democratic primaries:
Obama Clinton
Texas: 48% 49%
Ohio: 50% 48%
Vermont: 65% 35%
Rhode Island: 47% 52%

In Texas, independents made up 24% (673,759) of the votes in the Dem primary and 21% (272,873) of the vote in the Repub primary. In Ohio, independents made up 22% (481,103) of the votes in the Dem primary and 17% (171,846) of the votes in the Repub primary.

In looking at the raw numbers, 6 out of 10 independents voted for Dems in Texas, and almost 2/3rds of independents voted for Dems in Ohio. One lesson here: Independents have moved left.

Recommended reading:
Talk/Talk: Sitting by the Phone with Fred Newman
A Post-Super Tuesday Independent Round-Up (from Feb. 12) by Jacqueline Salit
The Philosophy of Change by Lenora Fulani

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