Republicans love Hillary in the primaries.


from the CNN ticker:

Robert Holmen   March 13th, 2008 8:59 am ET

Republicans boost Clinton

According to the exit polls from Mississippi, 23% of Clinton’s total vote was cast by Republicans. Think about that astounding figure. Has the once reviled Clinton become the darling of the Republicans? Implausible. It is far more likely that this is the Rush Limbaugh factor … remember that he urged Republicans to cross over and vote for Clinton in order to stall Obama.

Other polling data supports this conclusion.

So what’s the big deal? Obama still won handily. Yes, but. If the Limbaugh crossover is eliminated from the results, Obama would have won by a margin approaching 70-30, and his pledged delegate margin would have been considerably higher. Also, the media conclusion that Obama’s support among southern whites has declined proves to be false. That is, if the Limbaugh factor is eliminated, Obama would have received white support in excess of 40%, better than he received in Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana. In other words, his white support increased rather than decreased but for the Limbaugh factor.

To a lesser extent, the same dynamic appears in the Ohio and Texas results a week earlier.

I had a time believing that and went and dug through the exit polls data myself. Wow. Robert actually understates the case. of the republicans who voteds in the primary for a Democrat, 76% voted for Hillary. yet those same 76% seem to favor McCain in a General Election. that pretty clearly seems to say thet they would rather have McCain face Hillary in a general election rather than Obama. so.. who’s more electable  by THOSE numbers? I think it’s time for Hillary to do what’s best for the party and best for the country instead of what’s best for Billary.

 

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