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OBAMA WILL WIN - INDEPENDENTS.
who were widely written off during the 2004 election in favor of appeals by the candidates to theirrespective party bases
, look likely to play a central role in picking the next president in these fourbattleground states.
And for now
, Obama has a clear edge over McCain among independent voters inall four states. That lead is largest in Minnesota, where Obama takes 54 percent amongindependents compared
with just 33 percent for McCain.
The Democrat's lead was 13 points in Wisconsin,12 in Colorado and eight in Michigan.Obama's lead among independents is all the more important given the large number of voterseschewing the two major parties in each state. In Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, roughlythree-in-ten voters identify as independents; in Colorado that number is closer to four in ten. The political environment in each state suggests a decidedly uphill climb for McCain in the generalelection. In Colorado, just 31 percent of voters approve of the way President Bush is handling his job, while 63 percent disapprove. In Michigan, the numbers are even more dismal, with a meager26 percent expressing approval of Bush and a whopping 67 percent disapproving.
B.Link 1. Supporting Alternate Energy Swings Election – its the key issueYoung, 6/24/08
(Eric, NRDC, PR Newswire)
"Tied into both the economy and the environment, energy will be
the defining issue of this election
LCV President Gene Karpinski said."The American people demand a new energy policy that breaks our addiction to oil and dirty coal. Members of Congress who fight for aclean, renewable energy future will be back to fight next year
, but those who stand in the way will have to answer to the voters in November.A Gallup poll released today indicates that
energy is the top issue priority for 51% American voters .
(http://www.gallup.com/poll/108331/Obama-Has-Edge-Key-Election-Issues.aspx )."Americans are feeling pain at the pump and many experts say high gas prices are here to stay," NRDC's Energy Advocate Jim Presswoodsaid. "With prices set in the global marketplace and only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves here at home, there is simply nothing we cando to impact prices by drilling. The real solution is clear: we must take bold action to break our addiction to oil and transition to a cleanenergy future. A future where new cars like plug-in hybrids go farther on a gallon of gas, enhanced public transit systems give Americansmore transportation options, and renewable sources of energy power our communities.