Clinton, Romney take Nevada caucuses

As expected, Mitt Romney won the Nevada Republican caucuses going away, with 55%. McCain and Paul are battling for second place at 13%. Romney was the only candidate to campaign actively in Nevada, so the result was a foregone conclusion – the only question was the margin.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has scored a decisive victory over Barack Obama, 50% – 45%, with the remainder going to Edwards (who pulled staff out of the state months ago). Obama had received the endorsement of the union which includes most casino workers, and the controversial “at large” caucus sites at the casinos themselves survived a legal challenge, so some thought the Illinois Senator had an edge.

This is an important win for Clinton, as Obama has built a significant lead in next weekend’s South Carolina Democratic contest. This ensures Hillary will still have a winning record going into the key Florida primary which follows on January 29th. She holds a dominant lead in Florida polls, but if she had lost two in a row going into that state, the momentum would have all been with Obama.

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