The Uncommitted Vote (Updated)
One thing worth noting about the results of the Michigan primary was the extremely large Democratic vote for “Uncommitted”. Clinton took 55% of the total vote, while “Uncommitted” took 40%. This is actually out of whack with the most recent polls in Michigan, which showed an average of about 53% for Clinton and only about 29% for “Uncommitted”. That’s about an 11 point difference in favor of “Uncommitted”, meaning that Democratic voters appear to have gone out of their way to not vote for Clinton.
That’s pretty amazing to me. And I think that those folks who truly believe that Clinton is the most “electable” of the three Democratic candidates really needs to start looking at the evidence about her unfavorability.
(A little full disclosure here: I have, as of today, announced my intention to caucus for Obama on Super Tuesday. This opinion regarding Obama is, as far as I known, unique to the staff of OTB and shouldn’t reflect upon them.)
UPDATE: Dave Schuler
No, Alex. I’m a Democrat, I always vote Democrat in primary elections (in Chicago the primary is the election), and, since Bill Richardson has pulled out and had campaigned so poorly anyway, I’ll be voting for Obama. The top-tier Democratic candidates don’t really differ that much in their stated policies and I think that style and attitude matters. Of Clinton, Edwards, and Obama I prefer Obama’s style and attitude. So that’s two of us at OTB.