The reason I'm bringing this up is that according to current data supplied by Pollster.Com, Independents lead both Democrats and Republicans in numbers:
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It is obvious from these figures, that in order to win a general election in 2012, you will NEED INDEPENDENTS. You can't win the general election with just Republicans.