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Monday, February 03, 2003


Candidates eye independents in NH

posted by B at Monday, February 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Howard Dean has the edge among NH Independents, and that's a good sign for him, not only for his NH prospects, for for the national landscape as well:

Independents make up a tantalizing 38 percent of registered voters in New Hampshire, and every Democratic hopeful wants them in 2004....

New Hampshire lets independents vote in either party's primary, and nearly one-third of those who voted in the 2000 primaries were independents. Among independents who voted Republican, more than 60 percent chose McCain, helping him beat George W. Bush by 18 percentage points.

But with President Bush expected to face only token competition for the Republican nomination in 2004, independents looking for choices will be focused on the other side of the aisle.

A recent poll by Bennett's firm, American Research Group, showed Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry leading the field among likely voters in the Democratic primary, which is a year away. But among those who identified themselves as independents, former Vermont governor Howard Dean has a slight edge.


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