Hillary Clinton chalked up another major victory on Saturday, this time winning the Nevada caucus 52.7% to 47.3%. And her gratitude goes to Harry Reid and his union cohorts. Reid is nearing retirement from the Senate, but the conniving Nevada native showed that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. According to The Hill, “Clinton racked up big wins in caucuses held in six major casinos on the Las Vegas strip, which helped her roll out a big majority in Clark County, home to about three-quarters of the state’s registered Democratic voters. Reid … encouraged the head of the Culinary Workers Union to get casino workers to turn up at the caucuses.” And turn up they did.
Strangely, Reid maintains that he’s impartial, though all indications suggest otherwise. As Nevada journalist Jon Ralston put it, “Harry Reid asserted again … that he really can change the dynamic of an election in this state.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthew agrees. “Harry Reid is not Mr. Charisma, but he is one forceful figure, ” he stated. “Why do you think he’s leader of the Senate Democrats? … It was good backroom politics.” No wonder then that “[i]n her victory speech,” The Hill writes, Clinton “specifically thanked ‘hotel and casino workers who never wavered.’”
According to The New York Times, “Mrs. Clinton has 502 delegates to Mr. Sanders’s 70; 2,383 are needed to win the nomination.” Moreover, Clinton as it currently stands is slated to win most of the delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday. But let’s not disregard the similarities to Clinton’s last go-around. Obama, like Sanders, lost Nevada in 2008, and the Times says that “Obama used an 11-state winning streak to establish a lead of 100 delegates that Mrs. Clinton was never able to surmount.” Most pundits believe that won’t happen this time. But let’s not forget that nobody — and we mean, literally, no pundits in the political sphere — foresaw Sanders giving Clinton the scare he has. Don’t count him out just yet. Clinton is well-positioned to win this thing — but politics is a nasty game. Oh, and there is that whole FBI investigation thing…
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