by Steven Ertelt
January 20, 2008
Carson City, NV (LifeNews.com) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton captured her partys caucus with a narrow victory of her Senate colleague Barack Obama. John Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, finished much further back and failed to be competitive in the western state.
With 98 percent of the precincts counted, Clinton received 51 percent of the state delegates compared to 45 percent for Obama. Edwards took in just four percent of the delegates and a handful of Democratic voters were uncommitted.
Entrance polling data showed Clinton recapturing her edge among female voters with a 51 to 38 percent edge while Obama had a two point advantage among men.
As in other states, Obama fared better among younger voters and Clinton won with older voters. Iraq voters favored Obama but voters who are more interested in the economy or health care were behind Clinton.
Democratic voters were more supportive of Clinton while independents backed Obama, Clinton fared better among white Democrats while Obama did better with blacks and Hispanics.
With Nevadas caucus behind them, the candidates now head to South Carolina where polls show Obama will be the likely winner.
An average of the last five polls shows Obama with the backing of 43 percent of Democrats and Clinton getting the support of 34 percent. Edwards can count on the support of 13 percent of the Democratic vote in his home state that neighbors the one he represented in the Senate.