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Not only did Ron Paul come second in the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire Tuesday, figures published last night by the New Hampshire Secretary of State show that Paul also finished runner up in the Democratic primary as well.
Paul received 2,273 votes, compared to Mitt Romney’s 1,808 and Jon Huntsman’s 1,228. The clear winner was, obviously, Barack Obama with 49,480 votes.
Although the primary was not a competitive vote, the figures are very interesting for several reasons.
First of all, the figures show that 11,516 Democrats out of the total of 60,996 that voted in New Hampshire voted for someone other than Barack Obama to be the Democratic nominee. That means that almost 19 percent of Democrats voted against the Obama presidency.
Furthermore, 6,715 of those votes were write ins, meaning the candidate they chose was not on the ballot. So around 11 percent of voters went out of their way to go to a polling station and register a direct protest vote.
New Hampshire has 223,151 registered Democratic voters, so the total turn out rate was only 27 percent. Obviously many voters stayed at home given the non competitive nature of the vote.
Still, these figures highlight that there are significant numbers of Democratic voters that are dissatisfied with Obama and ready to vote for someone else.
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The most popular candidate among those dissatisfied Democrats in New Hampshire is by far and away Ron Paul. The record shows he attracted significantly more Democratic voters than Mitt Romney. Add to this the fact that Paul is also more popular among Independent voters and a clear picture is painted. Paul can attract more voters across the board than Mitt Romney if he is the Republican nominee.
Ron Paul’s attraction for Democrats is in his anti-war foreign policy, his commitment to individual liberty, his pledge to balance the budget without cutting