Hillary Clinton Wins the Nevada Caucus, But Loses the War (Delegates) … She Also May be Fracturing the Black Vote and Her Party
“I guess this is how the West was won,” Clinton told cheering supporters in Las Vegas. The victory was her second straight, coming after an upset win in the New Hampshire primary.
Not so fast my friend … When is a political victory not a political victory? When you win a Democratic Caucus like Hillary Clinton did in Nevada, yet lost the majority of pledged delegates. Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Caucus over Barack Obama, 51 percent of the vote to Mr. Obama’s 45 percent, with just over 90 percent of the state’s caucuses reporting. However, a funny thing happened on the way to declaring victory by the Clinton camp. It would appear that Barack Obama won more delegates than Hillary. It would also appear that Barack Obama is declaring a victory of his own in Nevada, because after all it about delegates not popular vote.
A source with knowledge of the Nevada Democratic Party’s projections told The Nation that under the arcane weighting system, Obama would win 13 national convention delegates and Clinton would win 12 delegates. The state party has not released an official count yet.
Barack Obama released an official statement celebrating a delegate victory. “We came from over twenty-five points behind to win more national convention delegates than Hillary Clinton because we performed well all across the state, including rural areas where Democrats have traditionally struggled,” he said.
This is actually too funny for words. Was it not the Democrats and Al Gore that whined all the way to the Supreme Court during the Presidential Election of 2000 with the fact that Al won the popular vote yet lost the electoral college. You remember, the one that actually elects a president. It seems that some on the Left have noticed the comparison as well. Isn’t it amazing that delegates and the electorial college only matter when it behooves you. It would also appear that Stop the ACLU has noticed this little scenario and points out as well that Obama lost in NH to Hillary, but also gained more delegates there as well.
Hillary Clinton is the most polarizing figure in politics. Not only between Republicans and Democrats, but as we are seeing within her own Democratic party. The racial divide has never been more apparent than in this Democratic primary.
What is even more startling coming out of Nevada is the race divide occurring in the Democratic primary. This is not only troubling news for Hillary Clinton, its troubling news for the Democrats come Presidential election time. As the Gateway Pundit so perfectly put it … Could it be the “politics of racial destruction” the Clinton’s brought into the race?
African Americans overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama in the Nevada caucuses, just as they did in the Michigan Democratic primary last week — a trend that could hurt Hillary Clinton in next Saturday’s South Carolina primary, where black voters are expected to make up half the electorate.
Black voters made up 16 percent of Democratic Nevada caucus-goers — and roughly 80 percent of them voted for Obama, according to entrance polls. Clinton won support from 16 percent of black voters.
In Michigan’s Democratic primary Tuesday — a contest that was rendered meaningless after party sanctions — roughly 70 percent of African-American voters did not cast their votes for Clinton, choosing the “uncommitted” option instead. According to CNN exit polls, those voters overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama, whose name did not appear on the ballot.