Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obama's Biggest Problem: He's Losing Democrat Voters

In Democrat primary after Democrat primary the number of anybody but Obama votes is a troubling sign for re-election!

Stephen Dinan at the Washington Times points out that despite having his former GOP challengers still on the ballot Romney got 67% in Tuesday's Kentucky Republican primary. By contrast Obama got 58% of the vote with "uncommitted" getting 42%.

A similar result in Arkansas where a named challenger got 40% of the vote. And let's not forget how a man in a Texas prison got 42% of the vote in West Virginia.

No big deal since Obama will not win any of these states in November. The real problem is that he is underpolling in Democrat primaries across the country; even in states he won in 2008. In a Washington Post article titled "The anti-Obama Democrats" describes how in 16 states where an alternative to Obama is offered on the ballot an average of 15% of Democrat voters select another option. The average would be higher were it not for the 98% Obama received in Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

The problem is especially worrying for Obama's team in states that like New Hampshire and North Carolina which Obama won in 2008. In both states, more than 20% of Democrat voters picked "uncommitted" rather than Obama.

Just how many of these Democrat protest voters will hold their nose and pull the lever for him in November is unclear. But it is a very good measure of the weak enthusiasm for a candidate who can no longer run on hope and change and empty promises! Not even all Democrats can be fooled twice!

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