Monday, March 10, 2008

Did Republicans Give Hillary Her Victory in Ohio?

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman of TheFreePress ask this question, and so do I. It was a curious win for Senator Clinton especially because it turned out to be such a large victory. Polls the day before showed Obama closing in on her, narrowing her margin to 4 to 6 points. Her large victory defies the polling. Wasserman and Fitrakis believe that cross-over bvoting from Republicans may explain the victory margin.

They say, "Whatever the case, there is concrete evidence in Ohio that Republican cross-over voters did, in fact, play a significant role in delivering the Buckeye primary votes to the Senator from New York."

The authors believe that Republicans would rather see a Clinton v. McCain presidential fight rather than an Obama v. McCain match-up in the fall. The authors supply much data in their opinion piece such as this one:

"In Clermont County, there were 14,496 are registered Democrats and 37,714 registered Republicans, as reported by the Enquirer. In the primary, 26,279 people voted Democratic. One Clermont County presiding judge reported running out of Democratic ballots and turning away at least 30 people, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "

Who would doubt sleezy GOP tactics? Who would doubt that Clinton enjoys whichever way she can get the nomination. "She's a monster!"

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