The potential for large crossover votes in the presidential election
doesn’t just affect the Democratic party (see post below), though
that’s the main focus of the media right now.

A new poll finds a large number of Democrats plan to
vote for John McCain should their favorite candidate fail to become the
party’s nominee. The poling data is encouraging for pro-life advocates
concerned about Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the White House and
appointing judges to keep abortion legal 35 more years.

A March 7-22 Gallup poll found 28 percent of Clinton supporters will
vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee and 19 percent of Obama backers
will support McCain if Clinton wins.

But while they’re handicapping the chances for Sens. Obama and
Clinton to keep their own electorate in place and prevent them from
crossing over to Sen. John McCain, turns out the Republicans have to be
concerned about that same problem.

It found 11 percent of Republicans said they would vote
for the Democratic candidate or a third-party candidate next fall if
McCain does not choose a vice president who is considerably more
conservative than him.

Speaking of predictions…it’s going to be a hot summer.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....