The Republican Party has had its issues with its presidential nominee, but they are beginning to make lemonade out of lemons. Recent polls indicate strong popular for the senior Senator from Arizona, and in many, this support rivals both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Some of this support is due to registered Democrats who are currently in favor of John McCain.
According to David Paul Kuhn of Politico.com, March 27, 2008:
A new analysis of March polling data suggests that John McCain’s cross-party support surpasses that of either Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton.
According to data provided by the Gallup Organization at Politicoâ€™s request, in a hypothetical contest between McCain and Obama, McCain wins 17 percent of Democrats and those leaning Democratic, while Obama wins 10 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners.
In a potential contest with Clinton, McCain wins 14 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners while Clinton wins 8 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners.
By way of comparison, exit polls in 2004 reported that George W. Bush won 11 percent of Democrats and John F. Kerry won 6 percent of Republicans.
This recent “McCainocrat” appeal has wavered in the past few days. Real Clear Politics has just given Barack Obama a extremely small edge over McCain (.01%), and McCain a small edge over Hillary Clinton (.08%). In the RCP recent polls for Pennsylvania, McCain leads Clinton and Obama. What will be interesting is how GOP leaders respond to these figures, especially if they hold over the following months.