No matter which way they try to spin it, this can't be good news for Barack Obama:
To be fair, if Hillary supporters stay home in Democratic states that Barack will in all likelihood win anyway, they won't make much of a difference. But in crucial battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin, the disgruntled Billary wing could be a benefit to John McCain.
One week after Sen. Hillary Clinton made a public show of unity with Sen. Barack Obama, a new survey suggests supporters of the New York senator are increasingly less likely to follow her lead.
A growing number of Clinton supporters polled say they may stay home in November instead of casting their ballot for Obama, an indication the party has yet to coalesce around the Illinois senator four weeks after the most prolonged and at times divisive primary race in modern American history came to a close.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Friday, the number of Clinton supporters who plan to defect to Republican Sen. John McCain's camp is down from one month ago, but -- in what could be an ominous sign for Obama as he seeks to unify the party -- the number of them who say they plan to vote for Obama is also down, and a growing number say they may not vote at all.
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