(Telegraph.co.uk) -- Republican strategists said yesterday that Senator Barack Obama's failure to win over blue-collar voters would deliver the White House to Senator John McCain, despite his faltering campaign.
Senior party figures suggested that Mr McCain could even surpass George W Bush's margin of victory in 2004.
They believe that concerns among small town and rural voters about Mr Obama's ethnic background and lack of experience would result in a decisive amount of "split ticket" voting in November's general election.
This would see Democrats vote along party lines for state legislators, Congressmen and governors but opt for the Republican presidential nominee over Mr Obama.
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