Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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The battle between Democrats and Republicans for independent voters is fierce this political season, with midterm elections only two weeks away. Unaffiliated voters will play a "pivotal" role on this Election Day, according to the Washington Post, because party loyalties on both sides are particularly strong this year.

Polls show the GOP definitively losing the fight for the independent vote, with independents supporting Democrats by a 2 to 1 margin. These voters are primarily opposed to Republican leadership because of dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq: only one-third of independents say the war is worth fighting, and many cite the war as the most important issue in the elections. Independents reflect a significant national trend: many Americans believe Iraq to be the preeminent issue, and most are not happy with the course of the conflict.

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