Sunday, March 09, 2008

Voting for Obama, and Only for Obama

An analysis by the Dallas Morning News suggests that as many as 30% of voters favoring Barack Obama in the Texas Democratic Party primary did not vote in any of the other races, including a contest for the party's nomination for election to the U.S. Senate. That number differs significantly from the estimated 20% of Hillary Clinton's voters who did not vote in the other races.

The newspaper admits that its approach to this study was inexact. The reporters contrasted voting numbers from districts that favored Sen. Obama with those that provided a majority for Sen. Clinton. Nonetheless, the information should concern Democrats, as it raises the question of whether the large number of new voters that have come out for Sen. Obama will return to the polls in November if his name is not on the ballot.

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