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How many Hillary supporters will defect?



During the primary season around 9 p.m., when most of the world starts thinking about bedtime, Renee Slater would start pounding away at one of her two computers.

Often until 2 a.m., she'd urgently explain to the Internet world why Sen. Hillary Clinton should be president. Though not affiliated with the Clinton campaign, Slater was part of a vast army of volunteers who showed all of the resolve of their favored candidate.

But, of course, resolve didn't win Clinton the nomination, and when Clinton dropped out of the race, Slater channeled her intensity into something unexpected: The 51-year-old from Aventura left the Democratic Party, registered as an Independent and declared her support for Republican Sen. John McCain.

"McCain has always been a liberal Republican," said Slater, who made time to blog, unpaid, while getting a master's degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University. "Why do you think the conservatives are not happy with him being the nominee? He is not your run-of-the-mill Republican." (story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:25am]


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