January 8, 2008

SHE'S STILL HANGING IN THERE....:

McCain defeats Romney in New Hampshire vote (Jeff Zeleny and John M. Broder, January 9, 2008, NY Times)

HANOVER, New Hampshire: [...] The Democrats were locked in a close contest between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. John Edwards, the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee, was a distant third. But in the actual count, Clinton was leading Obama by several percentage points with 15 percent of the precincts counted.

Reflecting the intense statewide interest in the contest in both parties, turnout approached record levels and New Hampshire's independent voters most likely were the ones who decided both parties' races. Obama and McCain won the votes of independents by large margins over their closest competitors, Clinton and Romney, according to exit polls.

Roughly four in 10 voters who participated in each primary identified themselves as independents.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner forecast a record turnout, which one state official described as "absolutely huge."


One technical point that flatlanders may not get--these aren't necessarily Independents in the sense you think of them. We have a category called "Undeclared" and you can go to the polling place for the primary, declare the party who's ballot you want and then undeclare yourself again on the way out. So I saw one of my buddies when I was voting and wanted to chat on the way out but he was in a long line to Undeclare. I sidled over and barked: "You waffler!," which didn't go over well with the rest of the folks on line.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2008 9:41 PM
Comments

The race is shaping up to be what I envisioned more than a year ago: McCain-Lieberman vs. Clinton-Obama.

Posted by: sam at January 8, 2008 11:18 PM
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