City Desk

WaTi: Better Reporting, Please

This morning's story by the Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni appears to foretell doom for the Democratic Party.

Bellantoni hangs her story on a new Gallup poll showing that 28 percent of Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters would vote for McCain in November if their gal doesn't get the nom; 19 percent of Barack Obama supporters would do the same thing if their guy loses the Dem fight.

Here's the story's most pivotal sentence: "The news benefits the Republican senator, who exchanged barbs with Mr. Obama yesterday about the economy."

OK, well, show me. Sure, the numbers look big. But how do they compare with similar numbers from previous elections?

We never hear from Bellantoni on that front–just that there are some McCain supporters in the camps of both Dem prez contenders. That news?

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