Did Republicans hand Obama the presidency by initially vilifying Hillary Clinton and causing primary chaos? ?

Some Republicans voted for Obama during the primary because they liked him, but some republicans voted for Obama so that Hillary Clinton would not win. However, once Obama started to really get popular, Republicans reversed course, but were never able to curtail Obama’s popularity. Would things have turned... show more Some Republicans voted for Obama during the primary because they liked him, but some republicans voted for Obama so that Hillary Clinton would not win.

However, once Obama started to really get popular, Republicans reversed course, but were never able to curtail Obama’s popularity.

Would things have turned out differently if Republicans had stayed out of democratic politics or was Obama destine to be president?
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