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Jilted Dems Crossing Over to John McCain?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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leaders of the Democratic Party are of course hoping their members will unite behind their party's nominee, whoever it may be, when this arduous primary finally ends. But the ones hanging out with GOP pollster schlub Frank Luntz last night say uh-uh no way, we're heading over to McCain country if our candidate doesn't get the gig (clip above). The focus group anecdote seems to line up with new analysis concluding that "Republicans are no longer underdogs in the race for the White House" because McCain is attracting voters across the political spectrum with his "personal qualities." These hints of a trend could quickly evaporate if the Democrats are able to square their matters away in an orderly fashion, but still, even as a whisper it's probably enough to give DNC Chairman Howard Dean horrible visions of going down as one of the biggest choke artists in the history of the Democratic Party. Again.

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