Nev. Caucuses Fascinating Next to SC

Advanced date, knotty demographic make state key for Dems
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 9:25 PM CST
Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards talks to reporters about Nevada issues Thursday night, Jan. 17, 2008 at the Star Hotel, a Basque restaurant and bar in Elko, Nevada during a campaign stop....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Just hours before voting begins in Nevada, its newly bumped-up caucuses are more crucial for Democrats than South Carolina's primary, blogs Sasha Abramsky of Mother Jones. Yes, Nevada has powerful unions, but it's more complex than that: outlying areas are conservative and rural, and the state is a third non-white. "For the Democrats, there’s a lot to play for in Nevada," Abramsky writes.

And Dems are paying attention: Clinton touted a 3-month, FDR-style ban on foreclosures last week, while Edwards stumped for union votes, and Obama courted Republican-friendly miners and ranchers. Interestingly, GOP hopefuls have mostly ignored the libertarian toss-up state that once loved Reagan. "And that could augur badly for the party not just this coming election but for many elections to follow," writes Abramsky.