Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Final NH Thoughts

At one point in the election analysis, CNN's William Schneider showed exit poll info that had Obama's vote share made up of 50% independents, while Clinton's showed a much higher share of Democratic partisans.

I would have expected this sort of thing to happen in Iowa rather than NH, but I wonder if Obama's frequent tacking to the center and appealing to Independents and Republicans, his cross-over, post-partisan appeal came back to bite him tonight. Despite the role of Independents generally, and in NH in particular, NH Democrats wanted to vote for a Democrat running as a Democrat. While this is undoubtedly one of many likely factors that influenced Hillary's narrow victory tonight, I have to think it could have been as significant a one as any other.

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