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Opinion: Unity in Unity, N.H.? Not so much for some Hillary Clinton backers

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Our cousins over at The Swamp have an item this morning spotlighting just how nagging a problem Barack Obama faces in trying to woo some disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters in facing off against John McCain. It seems a couple of notable New Hampshire Democrats -- James McConaha, a former Clinton administration farm official in New Hampshire, and his Democratic activist wife, Valery Mitchell -- have no intention of hopping aboard the Unity bus.

Picking up a story in the Nashua Telegraph, the couple has agreed to lead Democrats for John McCain. And that’s not the only anti-Obama group out there composed of Clinton supporters. In fact, though polls show most of her backers moving to Obama, there is a large and vociferous crowd out there that refuses to go along.

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Whether this is enough of a counter tide to have an effect in November is the big question, of course. And it will matter most in the battleground states -- a few thousand Clinton supporters voting for McCain here in California, for instance, isn’t likely to turn the state red. But it could be an issue in states where the red-blue divide is narrower.

Regardless, campaigns are an amalgamation of a lot of moving parts, and it can’t be a good distraction for the Obamans to have to go out and try to run down strays from the Democratic herd.

-- Scott Martelle


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