Hillary Clinton may have endorsed Barack Obama, but winning over her supporters may prove more difficult for Obama than many people thought. A new CNN survey shows that the number of Clinton supporters who plan to vote for Obama has actually decreased since early June from 60% to 54%. Furthermore, 43% of Democrats now say theyâ€™d prefer Clinton to lead the ticket, up from 35% at the beginning of June.
So why are Obamaâ€™s attempts to woo Clinton supporters taking him the wrong way? Maybe certain Clinton voters are still coming to terms with the fact that a woman will not become president this year. Maybe Democrats who didnâ€™t initially support Obama are having trouble figuring out what he stands for after the senatorâ€™s much-publicized (and overhyped) focus on center-leaning issues in recent weeks.
Whatever the reason, Obama has some work to do. I expect most Clinton voters to ultimately pull the lever for Obama but I also expect Obamaâ€™s vice presidential choice will reflect the desire to keep Democrats unified.