Women, Latinos Key to Hill's Win

She beats Obama in Nevada, but he earns more delegates
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 7:05 PM CST
Women, Latinos Key to Hill's Win
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., greets hotel workers during a campaign stop at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on caucus day in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses today on the strength of women and Latino voters, claiming her second straight primary victory, CNN reports. With 98% of returns in, Clinton led 51% to 45% over Barack Obama. Despite losing the state's popular vote, Obama earned more delegates than Clinton, 13 to 12, the AP reports. John Edwards finished a distant third with 4%.

"I guess this is how the West was won," said Clinton, who has a tenuous hold on the pole position heading into next week's Democratic contest in South Carolina. Female voters made up 60% of caucus participants, and favored Clinton by 52% to 35%. Entrance polls showed she led the Latino vote by a 3-1 margin. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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