Democrats Face Potential Defections To McCain

Posted March 26, 2008 at 9:13am

A significant chunk of Democratic voters would defect to John McCain if their choice for nominee doesn’t get the nod, according to a Gallup Po[]( conducted March 7-22. Twenty-eight percent of Hillary Clinton supporters said they’d vote for McCain in the general election if she isn’t the nominee, while 19 percent of Barack Obama’s supporters said they would bolt if their man doesn’t get the nod.

Gallup appears to caution against reading too much into these findings at this time. It notes that “some threat of deserting the party always takes place as party nomination battles are waged, and this threat can dissipate,” especially as efforts begin to rebuild party unity after the nominee is chosen.