16 Nov 2010

"Midterm Elections Underscore Work for Obama to Win Back Independents for 2012"

The San Francisco Examiner hits the nail on the head on this article:

Two years before voters render judgment on his tenure, Obama’s most critical task may be winning back those who aren’t affiliated with a party but who hold enormous sway in close contests. National exit polls from the midterm elections show these voters broke heavily for Republicans after helping elect Obama and Democrats in the two previous elections.

The trouble with this constituency appears even deeper for Obama in places expected to be closely contested in the next White House race, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of exit polls in 26 states. It shows just how much ground Obama must make up with independents between now and November 2012.

It remains to be seen if he’s even going to try much, or whether the liberal base of his party, and their standard bearer future Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will go along at all even if he does try.

Read on at the San Francisco Examiner »

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