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Perhaps most surprising of all, Obama actually finished third as the preferred general election candidate of registered Republicans, at 6.7 percent, behind Romney (21.8 percent), and Giuliani (10 percent), but ahead of Thompson (5.2 percent) and McCain (1.8 percent).
Obama's Iowa Communications Director Josh Earnest was pleased, and said the numbers reflect that Obama, "is the one [candidate] articulating a clear vision of standing up to special interests and uniting the country across party lines, across ideological lines," and that many of Obama's major accomplishments, "were done by uniting Republicans and Democrats around shared values."
"Of the Democratic candidates, Obama shows the most crossover support in this poll," said Redlawsk, although he emphasized that Obama's number doesn't hold any meaning for the caucuses. "What we're seeing at this early stage, among people looking forward to the November 2008 election, is that Obama is the Democrat Republicans are most likely to vote for."