Democrats Rush to Silver State

Nevada's Jan. 19 caucus being recast as Obama-Clinton tiebreaker
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 4:37 PM CST
Democrats Rush to Silver State
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a town hall-style meeting in Las Vegas in this Sept. 6, 2007, file photo. If Iowa and New Hampshire are the favorite sons, you might say Nevada is the presidential primary's awkward stepchild. Six months into race, candidates, the...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – With the Democratic race tied at a victory apiece for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, a new front-runner will be crowned in Nevada's Jan. 19 caucus—and both campaigns are charging in. Health care, the foreclosure crisis and the environment are big issues; both teams are running Spanish-language radio spots in the racially diverse state, the New York Times reports.

Only 9,000 showed for the caucus in 2004; now that the state’s earned an early spot in the primary calendar, many Nevadans will need an education on how to vote. Clinton has the establishment support there, but Obama's got twice as many field offices and a major new union endorsement. Both are breaking ground, traveling to Nevada’s Republican-heavy boondocks to dig up extra votes. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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