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Gender Gap Benefits Clinton

By Jon Cohen
In her Nevada caucus win today, Hillary Rodham Clinton benefited from a sizable gender gap and big turnout from mainline Democrats.

According to the network's entrance poll , women made up 59 percent of all caucusgoers, and went for Clinton over Illinois senator Barack Obama by a wide margin (51 percent to 38 percent).

Independents, a backbone of Obama's support in other states, made up just 15 percent of the Nevada electorate, a lower percentage than in either Iowa or New Hampshire. And while they went for the Illinois senator by a 14-point margin, Clinton had the initial support of 51 percent of self-identified Democrats, a much larger group.

(The entrance poll, conducted by Edison/Mitofsky, did not include ad hoc caucus locations on the Las Vegas Strip.)

Obama beat Clinton by a large margin among those under 30 (59 percent to 33 percent), but Clinton outdistanced him by 2 to 1 among those aged 60 and up, and more than twice as many caucusgoers were in the older age category.

About three in 10 caucusgoers were from union households, with 45 percent going for Clinton, 44 percent for Obama.

Race was also a factor for the first time in the Democratic contest. White caucusgoers went for Clinton 52 percent to 34 percent for Obama, while African Americans broke heavily for Obama, 83 percent to 14 percent for Clinton. Nearly two-thirds of Latinos opted for Clinton.

Both Latinos and blacks accounted for 15 percent of the electorate.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 19, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Primaries , The Democrats , The Pollster  
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