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Republican Strategists: Obama Risking Independent Voter Support

Jon Ward | Huffington Post | July 8, 2011
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WASHINGTON - Republican strategists and pollsters said the dismal jobs report Friday was a blow to President Obama's hopes of building momentum going into the 2012 election, in part because it will exacerbate negative attitudes toward Obama already seen among independents who voted for him in 2008.
If this trend of weak economic results continues, the strategists said, it could deflate turnout among independents who might consider voting for Obama again in 2012.
"I kind of saw today's economic numbers to be kind of the first opportunity to start turning things around and start that drum beat that the economy is doing better, when in fact it went the wrong direction," said Ed Goeas, president of The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

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