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Whither the crusty cranky Granite State primary voter?

I don’t agree with everything in this analysis by David Shribman (The Valley News is a very dreary newspaper and it’s in fact very hard to get a latte north of Concord), but he does raise some interesting questions about primary season in a changing New Hampshire. Nearly half the Granite State electorate are now registered “independents”, which means they can choose which primary to vote in – or, to put it another way, which party’s base to destabilize. Do any of the candidates on stage at the Reagan Library have any great appeal to NH indies? I don’t think so. McCain’s Mister Maverick routine would be hard to pull off a second time, even without the war. So if those electors start heading to the Dem roster that seems likely to be better news for Obama than Hillary.  

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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