Independent Voters, Prepare to Be Wooed



If Barack Obama and John McCain do what the polls suggest they will do today in New Hampshire, then 2008 will be the year of the independent voter. That has campaign officials in California — where about 20 percent of voters are registered as "decline to state" — scrambling to pander to independents, as Mary Anne Ostrom and Steve Harmon report in today's Mercury News. Throw Michael Bloomberg into the mix and who knows what could happen?