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Casino owners backed different candidates than did unions. (Reuters)

By Paul Kane
Barack Obama had the backing of the biggest union in Las Vegas -- the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 -- and Hillary Rodham Clinton had the backing of female voters in Nevada.

But the chief executives of the casinos that hosted nine caucus precincts along the city's "Strip" divided their support mostly among other presidential candidates, not the two largest vote getters in the casino caucus sites.

Terrence Lanni, president and CEO of MGM Mirage, which hosted four of the casino caucus sites, is a member of the national finance committee raising money for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). He and his wife gave more than $4,000 to McCain's campaign.

Steve Wynn, the top executive of the Wynn casino, which hosted one precinct, gave two checks of $2,300 a piece to the now defunct campaign of Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.).

The CEO of Harrah's Entertainment Inc., Gary Loveman, had not contributed to any presidential campaign through the first nine months of 2007, according to CQMoneyLine's analysis of presidential contributions.

But the former president of Harrah's, Phillip Satre, as well as another company executive, former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones, are among Clinton's most prominent supporters in Nevada. Obama received $4,600 from other Harrah's executives. And Charles Atwood, the company's chief operating officer, gave $2,100 to the campaign of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R).

Sheldon Adelson is the billionaire owner of the only non-union casino on the Strip, the Venetian, which did not host a casino precinct. Adelson is a supporter of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, giving $2,300 to his presidential campaign on Sept. 30.

Posted at 5:26 PM ET on Jan 19, 2008
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Posted by: scuko | April 12, 2008 8:05 AM

There will be no Clinton/Obama ticket. Hillary has already been President, and neither of them want to cut ribbons for four years. Clinton allergy is a real phenomenon. Democrats will nominate her at their own peril.

Posted by: katefranklin | January 20, 2008 7:53 PM

I just hope that Hillary Clinton is Democrat's presidential candidate and she makes Obama her running mate as the vice president. KILL TWO BIRDS AT ONE SHOT! The America's first woman president and America's first black vice president. The next time surely Obama will be supported for the presidential race if he accepts this compromise formula.

Posted by: iofaleiro | January 20, 2008 2:08 PM

I'm leaning towards Obama, but it seems like the Hispanics went 3-1 for Hillary. Maybe they trust her much more than they trust the culinary union leaders.

Posted by: Paulelstein | January 19, 2008 6:32 PM

HRC as democratic nominee = Record Republican turnout.

Posted by: svarada123 | January 19, 2008 6:30 PM

ONLY ONE GUY CAN CHANGE AMERICA TO BETTER!!!

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Posted by: BOBSTERII | January 19, 2008 6:22 PM

Great victory for Clinton and Obama both. Disappointing finish for Edwards. Edwards should drop out if he can not get 20% in South Carolina next week.

Posted by: kat7 | January 19, 2008 5:56 PM

I really think that certain Obama supporters need to get a handle on their issues.

I support Hillary, but I'll be voting for Obama if he wins.

My fear is that Obama supporters are coming unhinged in the universe of discussion threads. Isn't the most important thing electing a Democrat? Or are Obama supporters saying they'll only support Obama?

Finally, the Goldwater comment is ridiculous. That was 1964! Get a grip. Please.

PS fewer caps will make your rant stand out better.

Posted by: myownprivatenc | January 19, 2008 5:47 PM


THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

HILLARY SUPPORTED GOLDWATER WHO VOTED NO TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT.

CIVIL RIGHTS ARE AS IMPORTANT FOR BLACKS AS THEY ARE FOR HISPANICS AND ANY OTHER MINORITY.

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 19, 2008 5:29 PM

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