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Obama, Edwards React to Nevada Outcome

Hillary Rodham Clinton gets a thumbs up on caucus day in Las Vegas. (AP).

By Michael D. Shear
LAS VEGAS -- Hillary Clinton's rivals issued statements Saturday offering her congratulations for her victory but vowing to go on.

Barack Obama said he is "proud" of the campaign he ran in Nevada, calling it "honest" and "uplifiting" and saying that "That's the campaign we'll take to South Carolina and across America in the weeks to come, and that's how we will truly bring about the change this country is hungry for."

But his campaign manger, David Plouffe, said the campaign has reports of more than 200 incidents of "trouble" at caucus sites that may have kept Obama's supporters from offering their support at the caucus. He blamed the incidents on premeditated "Clinton campaign tactics" that he said "were part of an entire week's worth of false,
divisive, attacks designed to mislead caucus-goers and discredit the caucus itself."

Rival John Edwards campaign manager David Bonior, whose candidate finished far behind the two leaders issued a statement thanking the union supporters who backed Edwards "in the face of very difficult circumstances and long odds."

Bonior said: "John Edwards is the underdog in this campaign, facing two $100 million candidates. But that is nothing compared to the real underdogs in our country -- working men and women, middle class families, and all those who have no voice in Washington."

He added that Edwards will continue to compete for the nomination, saying, "The race to the nomination is a marathon and not a sprint, and we're committed to making sure the voices of all the voters in the remaining 47 states are heard."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 19, 2008; 6:32 PM ET
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