Michigan Republican Primary Sees Less Democrats and Independents

Fewer independents and Democrats are voting in Michigan's Republican primary, compared with eight years ago when John McCain won the state.

That's according to surveys of voters by The Associated Press
and TV networks.

Exit polling shows a quarter of Republican primary voters today
called themselves independent, down from 35 percent eight years
ago. Michigan has open primaries and no registration by party.

In all, roughly seven in 10 voters opted to vote in the
Republican primary.

In the Democratic race, "Uncommitted" is an option on the
ballot against Hillary Rodham Clinton and several lower-tier
candidates. Barack Obama and John Edwards withdrew from the ballot
amid a dispute over seating Michigan's Democratic delegates.

Nearly three-quarters of those who voted uncommitted told exit
pollsters they would have voted for Obama and many of the rest said
Edwards.


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