Update: Apparently this ad is airing during the Super Bowl in some states. Brief and brilliant.
From the Gallup daily tracking poll.1
Note that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton appear to have gained since John Edwards dropped out on the 30th, although Obama was evidently gaining at the expense of Clinton throughout the preceding week. And it is possible that Edwards himself had already begun slipping before he dropped out.2
It seems to me that if you are one of those who thinks (1) the next President should not be a Republican, and (2) the next President should not be a Clinton, or even just that the next President is less likely to be a Democrat if the nominee is a Clinton, it is pretty clear what to do. In California, you may vote in the Democratic primary if you are registered independent (or ‘decline to state,’ as it is known here). The same is true in some other states.3 And in some–especially in many southern states–there is no registration by party, meaning any voter may request the Democratic party ballot and vote for Obama.
F&V does not endorse candidates. But this contest is pretty close and this planting is pretty close to an endorsement…
(Hat tip to PolySigh for the graphic.)
- See Mark Blumenthal’s explanation of this poll, which is based on 1,000 interviews each night. [↩]
- But see JoffrÃ©’s comment, responding to a somewhat sloppy wording of my original point, and adding a good point of his own. [↩]
- See Phil Klinkner’s post at PolySigh for a good rundown of the open/closed status of each state’s ‘Super Tuesday’ contest, and the NY Times for details on delegate allocation rules. [↩]