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Clinton Wins Nevada

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) won the Nevada Democratic caucuses today, a convincing win over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) heading into next week's South Carolina primary.

Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe insisted that it was Clinton's focus on the economy that secured the victory for her. Preliminary entrance polls seemed to back up that contention, as the economy was the most important issue to Nevada Democratic caucus-goers and Clinton won that group 49 percent to 38 percent.

Obama's endorsement from the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 turned out to be far less influential than initially thought. Turnout on the Strip -- where 9 casinos served as mobile precincts -- was down and Clinton appeared to have won the majority of the casinos, including Bellagio and Paris.

After an initial setback in Iowa, Clinton has beaten Obama in the last two Democratic contests. The Democratic primary in South Carolina is set for next Saturday. Because of the state's large African America vote, Obama is regarded as the favorite, although it is not immediately clear whether today's result in Nevada will change things at all.

We'll be back later today with results from the South Carolina's Republican primary, as well as overall thoughts from another day of wall-to-wall politics.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2008; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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