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  • The word leaners, of course, is a play on "bent," a Britishism for homosexual, and the picture's colors are psychedelicized pastels with which Charles Ludlam might have staged an Easter parade.

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  • Over the next decade and a half, this new coalition gradually removed the left leaners from the GOP, rejected New Left Dem politicians Carter, Mondale and Dukakis by landslides and took over Congress in 1994 when the Dem conservative changed party affiliation.


  • Notably, the latest Rasmussen survey includes "leaners" -- or respondents who do not initially indicate a preference for either candidate, but when pressed in a follow-up, declare that they are leaning towards a particular nominee.

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  • Rasmussen poll out shows McDonnell's lead among Likely Voters (including "leaners" - undecideds pushed to say who they're currently leaning towards) is at 2 percent.

    Virginia Virtucon

  • The sample is 43/31 in favor of Democrats if you include leaners, which is the same

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  • These so-called leaners, however, make up less than 10 percent of each candidate's support, a sign that significant movement in the campaign's final days is not likely.

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  • They are known as leaners; similar to trees that may sway or grow because of wind or gravity to grow in a slanted position.


  • First, and perhaps most important, the pollster trying to tally the size of the undecided pool must first push "leaners" โ€” voters who lean toward one side but aren't committed โ€” into one camp or the other.

    How the Undecided Are Decisive

  • So the most likely outcome is that the "leaners" will prevail and Washington and Colorado will split, although that result is not at all certain.

    HuffPost Pollster's Final Predictions For 2010

  • The "leaners" voted for Republican and Democratic candidates with about the same frequency that self-identified Republicans and Democrats did.

    Research desk responds: How partisan are 'independent' voters?


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