Romney Plays Dole

The Fox exit polling reveals some additional good news for John McCain. He tied Romney with 33 percent among those who called themselves Republicans. (There’s a little confusion over this, because the primary was open only to people who registered as Republicans. Every vote McCain received was a Republican vote by the most basic definition. However, some of those who registered and voted as Republicans described themselves as independents to exit pollsters.)

He beat Romney 40-32 among those whose top issue was the economy and he won among evangelicals 30 to 29 (Romney and Huckabee both got 29). McCain won by a wide margin among Cubans and other Hispanics. The more complete data provided by CNN shows that McCain won among those who are “somewhat conservative,” although not among those who are “very conservative.” McCain won narrowly with voters under 65 and by a large margin with those over 65. In short, it was an impressive and broad based win that shows some fundamental strength in McCain’s appeal across different segments of the party.

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