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Democrats’ Bickering Boosts McCain

March 23, 2008

By Donald Lambro
The Washington Times
March 23, 2008

The increasingly nasty campaign between Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is hurting them among independent and swing voters in key battleground states, and in the process is making Sen. John McCain the more appealing candidate, according to election pollsters.
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Despite an unpopular war in Iraq and an economy tilting toward recession, issues on which Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have been hammering the Republicans for more than a year, the conservative Republican senator who supports the war and says he still has a lot to learn about economics has edged ahead in national matchup polls and in pivotal states such as Pennsylvania and Florida.
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“It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the Democrats, with Obama and Hillary continuing to snipe at each other, beginning the process of a thousand cuts,” said independent election pollster John Zogby.
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“For Obama, it’s his problems with the white vote, which we saw in Ohio, and problems with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story, and that’s reflected in the national polls, when a month ago, Obama was leading McCain by 6 or 7 points and this month is down by six. That’s a big swing,” Mr. Zogby told The Washington Times on Friday.
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“At the same time, Clinton was down by five or six points last month, and by my polls, she’s still down about the same,” he said.
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“Both Democrats are experiencing a problem, at least for the moment, among independents, moderates and swing voters. It’s pretty safe to say they can’t win in November unless they get those groups back,” the pollster said.
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Other pollsters and campaign strategists have confirmed Mr. Zogby’s view that the Democrats were running into trouble as a result of their fight over the nomination and the debate over racial issues.
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“There isn’t much time to heal. If you have a party made up of a disparate coalition of race, ethnicity and gender, that is very precarious and can be a hard thing to repair,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month.

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