Mar 12, 2014
Clinton Wins Nevada Amid Confusion Over Delegates
Posted on Jan 19, 2008
Hillary Clinton won more support among Nevada caucus-goers on Saturday, but the Obama campaign will likely end up with more actual delegates. Clinton drew significant support from Latino caucusers, despite a controversial lawsuit that was rejected by a court Thursday. Defended by both Hillary and Bill, the suit had tried to make it more difficult for casino workers, many of them Latino, to caucus.
It was thought that many casino workers would turn out to support Barack Obama because the state’s largest union, the culinary workers, had endorsed him. Ironically, Clinton cleaned up at the so-called at-large casino caucuses.
Ultimately the defeat of the lawsuit was the best thing that could have happened to Clinton’s campaign.
Delegates are awarded differently based on the size of precincts. Obama won more delegates overall, although the count won’t be official until county delegates elect state delegates who, in turn, elect national delegates. For more on caucus intricacies, read Bill Boyarsky’s take on the process.
Mitt Romney, the only Republican to put much of an effort into Nevada, won his party’s contest.
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