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Clinton, Romney projected winners in Nevada

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  1. jterrell

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    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/19/nevada.sc.main/index.html

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will claim victories in Nevada, CNN projects.


    Clinton led rival Barack Obama by 6 percentage points with 89 percent of precincts reporting in Saturday's Democratic caucuses.

    Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was a distant third.

    Romney, the projected winner of the GOP caucuses, was cruising with 52 percent of the vote with 78 percent of the precincts reporting, but a dogfight was on for second place.

    Nevada marks the third win for Romney. He took Michigan on Tuesday and also won the overshadowed contest in Wyoming.

    "If you can win those two states -- Michigan and Nevada -- it means you have put together quite a coalition and have been able to make the kind of inroads you have to make to take the White House," he said Saturday afternoon from Florida.

    Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ron Paul were in a close race for second place, ahead of former Sen. Fred Thompson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

    Also on Saturday, Republicans were voting in a primary election in South Carolina, where results were expected to come in later. Video Watch how candidates are competing in South Carolina »

    The two contests could propel two candidates to front-runner status and winnow the field in this year's wide-open presidential races. Photo See scenes from Saturday's races »

    McCain was seeking to extend polling hours in South Carolina after learning voting machines in the eastern part of the state were malfunctioning, according to a lawyer for his campaign.

    "Human error" was to blame for putting voting machines offline in 80 percent of Horry County's precincts, county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said.

    By 4 p.m. ET, only about four of the county's 118 precincts were without a working machine, she said.

    Economic issues were foremost in the minds of Nevada GOP voters, and that worked in favor of Romney, who has earned a reputation as a successful businessman.

    In a CNN entrance poll Saturday morning, 38 percent of Nevada caucus participants cited the economy as their most important issue.

    Of those, 47 percent said they were caucusing for Romney, and 26 percent favored Paul.
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    The second most important issue for Nevada Republicans was illegal immigration, at 34 percent.

    Nevada marks the second straight win for the former Massachusetts governor, following a win in the Michigan primary earlier in the week.

    Even though the Republican Party cut in half the number of delegates the state party can send to the national convention as punishment for moving its caucuses to Saturday, Nevada has more delegates at stake than South Carolina.

    In a presidential race that's increasingly coming down to who has the most delegates, a win helps Romney.

    Romney also benefited from his Mormon religion, the poll results show. Romney captured 94 percent of the voters who identified themselves as Mormon, which made up 25 percent of all Republicans participating in the GOP caucuses.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints estimates there are 170,000 members living in Nevada.

    A win in the South Carolina Republican primary could give one of the candidates a foot up in a race that, so far, has produced three different winners in three major contests.

    "South Carolina is the state where the Republican base passes judgment on the candidates," CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider said. "If conservatives are going to rally behind any single contender, we'll see that happen in South Carolina."

    The weather could become a significant factor in the race. Cold rain was falling across the state, and snow was reported in spots.

    Snow is rare in South Carolina and brings the state to a standstill when it falls, even in small amounts.

    The latest polling in South Carolina had Huckabee as the front-runner. An American Research Group poll conducted January 17-18 had Huckabee leading at 33 percent, followed by Sen. John McCain at 26 percent.

    Thompson was at 21 percent and the poll found and Romney was running fourth at 9 percent. All other candidates were in single digits. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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    No GOP candidate has gone on to win his party's nomination without winning South Carolina since Ronald Reagan won there in 1980, but, with the race so volatile, that may not hold true this year.

    "Right now, conservatives are split. Economic conservatives like Mitt Romney, social conservatives like Huckabee, and military conservatives like John McCain," Schneider said. "They could end up just as divided after the South Carolina vote
  2. WiPatfan

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    Have no fear, your candidate will likely win the Democratic nomination.

    Of this we agree. South Carolina will go Obama and a few other select states. The only real chance for Obama is if Edwards drops out, but that is unlikely.

    The Clinton Machine race-baiting has done the job, "vetted" Obama's message of hope to be nothing but vapor, made him a "black" candidate instead of a "candidate". Well done, they should feel proud. The ends justify the means and all that.

    I still have no idea why anyone would support the Clinton machine, seriously.
  3. jterrell

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    The Clinton machine may have race-baited but Obama bought it hook, line and sinker. He didn't deflect any of it. It won him many African-American votes but took away his argument that he would bring people together. In fact all Hillary stated was that it takes politicians in power to get change accomplished. Obama has never taken that bait before. It was horrid campaign advice and again goes down to being a novice at this level of politics.

    The more likely the Clinton nomination the stronger the carrot of VP becomes.

    I'd love to see Obama as VP but it could be Edwards or Wesley Clark.

    The Clinton machine provided 8 years of fiscal responsibility, growth in virtually every sense, strong foreign relations and a general sense of well being.

    Since then we've had rampant loss of jobs overseas, a weak dollar, recession, horrid military management, insane levels of cronyism and nepotism, et al. So excuse me if I yearn for a return the great results of the 90s.

    The very best our country can do in 2008 is Clinton/Obama. That is my vote and my hope for the ticket.
  4. trickblue

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  5. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    I didn't follow this caucus last night, kinda busy. Thought I heard Obama got more delagates than Hillary ? How does that work ?
  6. iceberg

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    can you just go RAH RAH GO HILLARY RAH! and make these shorter? :p:
  7. jterrell

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    It is an oddity by county.

    Hillary currently has an 88 delegate lead overall. A lot of these states have at large delegates so Hillary will likely end up with more delegates but she was one delegate short of Obama in the caucus portion.
  8. Big Dakota

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    Or white hippies:)
  9. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Notice how proud Hilary's shill is that she is race baiting?
    The end justifies the means. what a slippery slope that is.

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