In a race where the prominent Republican and Democrat both strongly attract independents, tonight’s race in Virginia showed a large pull of these voters moving toward Barack Obama and away from John McCain.
One-fifth of voters in both the Democratic and Republican primaries identified themselves as independent. They voted for Obama over Clinton 67 to 32. Though McCain is known for his independent voting base, Virginia’s independent results surprisingly put Huckabee over McCain 43 to 34.
Seven percent of those who voted Democratic were actually Republicans, who picked Obama over Clinton 71 to 25. However, almost no Democrats voted in the Republican primary, a good indication of the way Obama is attracting votes far beyond his own party lines.