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Clinton, Obama supporters hustle for votes in Nevada

Associated Press

RENO — While Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama camped out in Iowa, their supporters worked behind the scenes across Nevada over the weekend.

Hundreds of Clinton volunteers hit the pavement and knocked on doors to encourage Nevadans to caucus for the New York senator.

Obama supporters held Women for Barack Obama house parties to drum up support for the Illinois senator in advance of the state’s Jan. 19 presidential caucuses.

Obama supporters simultaneously gathered in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Elko and Pahrump to meet with undecided caucus-goers.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama’s sister, called the parties to discuss the important role that women will play in the caucuses.

Clinton supporters fanned out to neighborhoods across Nevada.

“With less than a month to the caucus, the campaign is working hard to galvanize support for Hillary and make certain that all Nevadans make their voices heard by participating on January 19,” said Rory Reid, Clinton’s Nevada chair.

Nevada’s caucuses will be the fourth test for Democratic presidential candidates, although they have promised not to campaign in the third state, Michigan.

A poll conducted Dec. 3-5 for the Las Vegas Review-Journal found Clinton favored by 34 percent of likely caucus-goers to Obama’s 26 percent.

No other Democrat registered in double digits in the poll. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards got 9 percent, while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had 7 percent.

The poll of 625 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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