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Mixed Messages From Nevada, South Carolina

by Joanna Klonsky
January 20, 2008

In what her campaign called a “huge victory,” Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) won the Nevada caucuses (AP) Saturday with 51 percent of the vote. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) won about 45 percent of the vote and his campaign claimed support in Nevada from voters who are tired of “the kind of politics that feeds our cynicism and distracts us from taking on the real challenges facing America – an economy that’s left working families struggling, a broken health care system, and a war in Iraq that must end.”

Despite Obama’s victory in a lawsuit to allow largely Latino casino workers to vote in special caucus sites, Clinton won the majority of the Latino vote (WashPost), according to entrance polls.

Mitt Romney won the Nevada GOP vote, particularly gaining support from Republicans listing the economy and illegal immigration (CNN) as their top issues, entrance polls showed.

With strong support (WSJ) from military voters, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took the Republican South Carolina primary Saturday. McCain’s campaign struggled in the past because of his support for an immigration reform bill that allowed a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants. But he still won South Carolina, where exit polls showed more than half of voters saying illegal immigrants should be deported before they can apply for citizenship.

Sunday shows: Rudy Giuliani on ABC’s This Week defended his foreign policy record, citing extensive foreign travel and his stances on foreign policy positions as mayor of New York City. He said he has “negotiated with countries over various things,” and said he is “pretty current on what’s going on around the world.”

On Fox News Sunday, Romney touted his experience in the private sector as best qualifying him for the presidency. “We’re competing around the world now with China and India, tougher competition than we’ve ever faced before. It’s going to be helpful to have a president who when we’re looking at agreements that work out with other countries on trade that knows what impact those agreements will have on American jobs,” Romney said.

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