Hispanic, Black Nevadans Split Over Dems

Latinos went for Hillary, blacks backed Barack
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2008 6:25 AM CST
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., celebrate after Clinton was declared the winner of the in the Nevada Democratic caucus at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – White women and Hispanics may have helped Hillary Clinton to her victory in Nevada, but black voters overwhelmingly picked Barack Obama, a trend that may have big repercussions in upcoming primaries, says Politico. Minority groups traditionally side with the establishment candidate, which makes Obama's 83% support by African Americans in Nevada unique.

As the upstart Democrat in the race, Obama is expected to pull youth and upper-class white voters, and generally has been. But the liberal white women who typically go for the insurgent candidate are siding with Clinton this time around. For a win in South Carolina next week, Obama will need to woo back white women and retain support of blacks, who make up half the state's Democrats.