Politics & Government

Would N. Carolina Clinton backers really go for McCain?

Four in 10 Clinton supporters in North Carolina said they'll vote for someone other than Obama — or abstain altogether in the general election — should Clinton not win the Democratic nomination, according to a survey by the Charlotte Observer and WCNC television.

Obama supporters are similarly conflicted. If Obama doesn't win the nomination, 30 percent say they would not cast a vote for Clinton. An additional 26 percent in each camp are unsure what they'll do if their preferred candidate doesn't get the nomination.

Such threats are common in primary season, as voters reconcile the disappointment of supporting a losing candidate. But the North Carolina numbers illustrate a rift that party leaders have feared in recent weeks. What once was the Democrats' strength — two historic candidates connecting so thoroughly with their supporters — has become a vulnerability.

Read the full story at Charlotte.com.