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Maybe the pollsters aren’t as stupid as we thought

An analysis of the hand-counted votes compared to the machine-counted ballots in New Hampshire shows that Obama actually won the Democratic primary, McCain’s win on the GOP side was even bigger than announced, and Huckabee and Paul scored better than they thought. (That wasn’t too surprising after voters came forward on C-SPAN claiming to have voted for Rep. Paul in precincts that reported none.)

The big losers in the hand count? Hillary, who drops 5.4 percentage points, and Mitt Romney, whose share of the vote drops about 7-1/2 points.

That means Hillary and Mitt will be the ultimate nominees. They may not have the American public behind them, but they’ve got Diebold — and that’s enough.

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