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January 08, 2013


Independents Are Actually Not the Swing Voters

Charlie Cook: "For many years, I have been fixated on independent voters as the political equivalent of the holy grail. But now I believe voters who describe themselves as moderates are certainly just as important--and perhaps more important--than those who call themselves independents."

Key point: "Mitt Romney won the independent vote 50 to 45 percent, yet lost the election by almost 4 percentage points. For many avid election-watchers, if all that we knew was that Romney would carry the independent vote by 5 points, many of us would have bet on Obama losing the election."












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