Hillary, Rudy in a Dead Heat in Nevada

Clinton leads Dems, but looks to steady ship at tonight's debate
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2007 11:10 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a fundraising event on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani are tied in a head-to-head Nevada matchup, according to a CNN poll taken just ahead of tonight's Dem debate in what is now an early-primary state. But Clinton dominates her rivals for the party's nod, with 51% to Barack Obama’s 23% and John Edwards’ 11%, CNN reports.

Despite those stats, the media storyline has the former first lady facing pressure to re-establish her dominance at tonight’s event. Clinton was weakened by her performance at the infamous October 30 debate, CNN and Reuters agree. The underdogs are insisting she’s proved to be a double-talker and are pointing to her camp’s planted town-hall question last week.