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November 5th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Daily Beast's Mark McKinnon: New independent polls give ‘Republicans some hope’

Former Presidential Advisor to the 2008 McCain campaign and Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss the importance behind the independent factor.

Despite a tie among independents in a new poll, McKinnon says the results serve as a sign of encouragement for the Romney campaign. “It’s rare when a president wins the campaign without winning independents,” says McKinnon. “Obama won independents by 8% last time against John McCain and in the poll you just showed he’s trailing significantly amongst independents. So whichever way independents goes is generally the way it’s going to turn out.”

McKinnon also says “everyone can always find something in the [polling] to give them enthusiasm for a hopeful turnout.” Adding that the polling has “made for an exciting campaign these last few weeks because it’s really not clear how everything is going to turn out.”

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