WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite urging from some activists like Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas that Michigan Democrats vote for Mitt Romney over John McCain, CNN exit polling indicates the Arizona Republican won the liberal vote.
McCain captured 41 percent of Democrats who voted in the Republican primary, 10 points more than Romney. Mike Huckabee meanwhile, only captured 14 percent of Democrats.
Though the Democratic primary race was rendered essentially meaningless after party sanctions, few Democrats decided to vote in the Republican primary - according to the exit polling, Democrats only constituted 7 percent of the vote in that contest.
Moulitsas, in an entry on his blog last Thursday entitled “Let’s have some fun in Michigan,” called on Michigan’s Democratic voters to abandon the meaningless Democratic primary and vote for Romney in the state’s binding Republican primary. By doing so, Moulitsas argued, Democrats could further muddle the Republican contest and most importantly, reduce the threat of McCain, who polls show is the biggest threat to their nominee in the head-to-head general election contest.
Though the bloggers' calls were not heeded, CNN’s Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider points out they got what they wanted.
“The bloggers got what they wanted: Romney won. The Republican race is muddled. McCain’s momentum is halted. It’s just that the bloggers weren’t the ones who did it!," he said.
- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Alan Isenberg