The close divide of the electorate over the last four Presidential Elections has led to the notion that elections are decided in a few “Battleground States”. A new poll from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post shows that there doesn’t seem to be much of a battle in four of the biggest battleground states: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Any notion that Democrats who supported Clinton would defect to John McCain have been banished.
“With partisans loyally aligning behind their respective parties, Obama’s edge in each of the four states is founded on two factors: An increased tendency for voters to identify as Democrats and a solid margin for the Democrat among independent voters.”
I continue to believe that this is a realignment election in which progressives and Independant, many of whom used to be known as conservatives (fiscal responsibility, distrust of foreign military engagements, and libertarian social policy) unite behind the Democratic Party banner.