Those Devious GOP'ers
From Andrew Sullivan:
My wife and I have never voted for anything left of Republican, frequently voting on the Conservative party line when available. Yet today, we both voted for Hillary in the VA primary. Why? Because it seems McCain has it wrapped up, so why waste our vote on the Republican side; she is a lot less scary than Obama in many ways (better the Devil you know), and I think she is more easily beaten with her high negatives and lack of charisma. So we were part of the high Dem turn out today which I am sure you will hear about. And there is no way we will ever vote Dem in November.
We live in a highly conservative precinct (Eric Cantor is our Congressman). I saw many folks today picking up the Democratic ballot also. I think my wife and I were far from alone in our thinking.
I must say I worried about this kind of phenomenon, and I don't begrudge anyone for how they use their vote...
That being said, it really, REALLY didn't work. From Talking Points Memo:
Exactly one minute after the polls closed, CNN, MSNBC and Fox all call Virginia for Barack Obama.
Late Update: That the race would be called so quickly is obviously a signal of just how big a landslide victory this is. But look at some of these exit poll numbers cited by MSNBC.
* Hillary barely won the white vote, 51%-48%.
* Hillary won almost none of the black vote -- 10% -- while Obama got 90% of it.
* Obama won by a large margin among white men, 55%-43%.
* Hillary did win by a big margin among white women, 58%-42%, which suggests that this firewall constituency remains reliable for her.
Awesome work, guys. And props to Obama who is continuing this forward momentum. He's expected to win Maryland and D.C. tonight as well, and then, it's onto Wisconsin next week, which looks like a real place for Clinton to be competitive.