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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
You have to give the Democrats credit: when they put on a show, it's not boring. Chaotic, self-destructive at times and fraught with melodrama… but not boring.
In the beginning, it was the inevitability and coronation-as-formality for Hillary Clinton. Then Iowa happened. 94% white, the only place whiter is the North Pole, and a black guy kicked Clinton's butt. Suddenly Barack Obama was a player and nothing was inevitable. But Clinton bounced right back in New Hampshire, and it was on to South Carolina, where it could be argued Bill Clinton cost his wife every African-American vote in the state. Again Obama was cruising, right into the Reverend Jeremiah Wright explosion. But Hillary Clinton rode to Obama's rescue with tales from the tarmac in Bosnia.
Along the way a lot of Democrats have changed their minds about whom to support. Actually more than a lot. A new Gallup poll shows about 1 in 4 Democrats have switched candidates. And at the end of the day, it's Barack Obama who has been changing the most minds in his favor.
19% say they've switched their support away from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama, while only 7% have gone the other way – away from Obama and to Clinton.
The mind-changers come in all ages and both sexes, but consist of more non-whites than whites. And most of the switching among non-whites has also benefited Obama. Once African-Americans saw that Obama could win in an all-white state like Iowa, the floodgates opened.
Here’s my question to you: Why have so many Democrats changed their minds about whom to vote for in the primaries?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Joyce from North Carolina writes:
I was so enthusiastic about the possibility of having a woman president in this country in the beginning. However her "misremembrances" (I know a three-lettered word for these) and the thought of a threesome (Hillary, Bill, and the poor V-P) are also a deterrent.
Jack, Maybe it's because Americans have realized that if they really want change instead of the status quo which they have had for decades, the only choice is Barack Obama. It's time that there is someone other than a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. Don't you think?
Colleen from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
I haven’t. I have been planning to vote for Hillary since she entered the race on January 20th and I am still going to vote for her on May 6th in NC. My twin 18-year-old sons and husband are going to vote for Obama. In November, we are going to vote for the Democratic nominee. So there is no mind changing at our house. We know what we want and it is out with the Republicans, plain and simple.
Ron from Portland, Oregon writes:
Many Democrats changed their mind about voting for Obama when they learned that Dick Cheney was his cousin. Many more changed their minds about voting for Hillary when they found out that she subjected her 15-year-old daughter to enemy sniper fire in Bosnia. Turns out that Hillary was safer that day than Dick Cheney's hunting partner.
Anie from Sandusky, Ohio writes:
Jack, To quote Bill Clinton: "You better vote for the candidate that tells you to think and hope." That would be Barack Obama.
Stacy from Fairfax, Virginia writes:
Because they are two of the best Democratic candidates to run at the same time. Ever.