CBS NEWS | Stanley Feldman | March 7, 2012
With no competitive Democratic primary this year, many of the voters in the open primaries in these states were Independents. Even some Democrats voted in these Republican primaries. In Vermont, 40 percent of the voters said that they think of themselves as independents; 10 percent said they were Democrats. In Virginia, independents made up a third of all voters and 5 percent said they were Democrats.
Almost a third of the independent voters in Virginia voted for Ron Paul. In contrast to this, over 70 percent of Republicans voted for Mitt Romney. Half of Paul's votes came from independents and another 7 percent came from Democrats.
In Vermont, 38 percent of independents voted for Paul as did 42 percent of Democrats. Almost 60 percent of Ron Paul's voters were independents and another 15 percent were Democrats. Only 13 percent of Republican voters in Vermont voted for Paul. Romney won half of the Republican voters in the Vermont primary.