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Attack of the Indies.

July 3rd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Via CNN:

In a four-way matchup that includes independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, Obama’s lead over McCain dwindles to 3 percentage points, 46 percent to 43 percent. (Nader registers 6 percent, and Barr gets 3 percent.)

The fact that there’s essentially 10% of the voting public that would rather not vote for either major candidate is significant. No major poll of note currently puts the spread between Obama and McCain at more than 6-8%, so finding a way to reach those voters would be HUGE. I think Obama has the better chance of pulling it off in the end, but at the moment he’s not doing much to appeal to folks who’d currently rather pull the lever for Nader. And who the hell knows what sort of person would be willing to vote for Barr - maybe Obama could wear a tinfoil hat full of Bibles and pot and hope for the best.

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