What Clinton problem?

A new poll shows that more supporters of Hillary Clinton are now ready to back Barack Obama.

Published September 3, 2008 2:55PM (EDT)

Seems like the unity message that was central to the Democratic convention in Denver last week got through to its intended recipients. A recent Gallup poll shows a big bump for Barack Obama among one key demographic: Hillary Clinton supporters.

Prior to the convention, Gallup says, 70 percent of Clinton supporters planned to vote for Obama in November. Now, that number is at 81 percent.

In fact, John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate hasn't helped him woo over the Clinton backers he seemed in part to be targeting with the pick. Gallup reports that Obama has gained support from independent and Democratic white women, while McCain has gained among white Republican women. "The data suggest that McCain has in essence fought a rear-guard action of sorts among white women of his own GOP base, building their support to a degree even as he was losing support among independents and Democrats of both genders," Gallup says.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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