Saturday, January 19, 2008

Obama Wins at Caesars!

This is totally awesome. The Nevada Democratic Party site has caucus-by-caucus results, which means you can see exactly how each candidate did at the casino caucuses.

The theory was that these at-large caucuses would help Obama, since the culinary workers' union (which represents many casino workers) had endorsed him. It doesn't seem to have worked out that way--Clinton edged him out in most of the casinos. However, Obama did win the caucuses at Caesars Palace and the Luxor. Right on!

Also, I now think Obama has material for a good attack ad. Which casino gave Clinton her biggest margin of victory? Paris. I can see the commercial now: "Hillary Clinton...they love her in Paris!"

P.S. So...the more I think about it, the more I can't see in what way Obama didn't win. This is a caucus, so there is no "popular vote." All the caucuses did was to choose delegates to the county conventions, whose sole job (at least as far as presidential politics is concerned) is to choose delegates to the national convention. And it seems that according to the way Nevada apportions its delegates, even though Clinton numerically has more county delegates, Obama will end up with 13 national delegates to Clinton's 12--it's a little like losing the popular vote but winning the Electoral College.

So it's a win, right? At least that's how the Obama camp is seeing it.

P.P.S. The Nation breaks it down, though they seem to be the only ones running with this "maybe Obama really won" story.

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