"In New Hampshire and nationwide it bodes well for the Democratic nominee and the rest of Democrats on the ticket because independents actually did vote in the Democratic primary," says Dick Bennett, president of the American Research Group, a polling firm based in Manchester, N.H. "Independents dislike partisanship and don't really like to participate in primaries."
Interest in New Hampshire independents has been high because, well, they make up such a large share of the electorate here: 44 percent. True to their reputation as unpredictable and freethinking, many had not made up their minds until primary day or a few days before.
Focus on the Constitution
Even Mr. Gibeau, a self-described news junkie, was undecided as of Tuesday morning. On Election Day, he had two TVs on – one tuned to CNN, one to MSNBC – and he continued to read online and listen to the radio.
Gibeau, an attorney, says he had the US Constitution uppermost in thought when he went in to vote. He was drawn to Ohio's Representative Kucinich because of their shared views on "personal liberties, restoring the Constitution, focusing on the balance of trade, especially where China is concerned," he says.