Hillary Clinton won Pennsylvania, but many Democratic primary voters say they'll vote for McCain in November.
So get ready for lots of chatter about this PA exit polling from Tuesday:
In a Clinton-McCain race, 11 percent of primary voters say they'd back McCain.
In an Obama-McCain race, 15 percent of primary voters say they'd back McCain.
The Times trumpets these McCain voters in today's article about the "bruising" of the Democratic Party -- though only in reference to Obama:
About 15 percent of Democratic voters said they would vote for Mr. McCain over Mr. Obama in a general election.
Curiously, the article does not provide the same comparison for Clinton. If it did, the data would sound something like:
About 11 percent of Democratic voters said they would vote for Mr. McCain over Ms. Clinton in a general election.
But even if you equal out the coverage, these numbers are probably overblown, anyway. As you can see below, this hypothetical "support" for McCain is mostly comprised of voters unhappy with a question about their candidate losing. For example, in the Clinton match-up, two out of every three McCain voters are current Obama supporters. It would be highly unusual for so many Democratic primary voters to actually back the GOP candidate. (How many Obama supporters do you know who would pull the lever for McCain?) Maybe emotions just run high when you waltz out of the voting booth and find a pollster. Voters are obviously divided in this campaign, but exit polling is no guarantee for what the electorate will do after months of an actual race against McCain.
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