Clinton Escapes Nevada With Close Win

via the Daily Beast:

Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a real run for her money in Nevada.

She had every reason to perform better: an early polling lead; as well as the best staff and infrastructure available. Her campaign manager, Robby Mook, ran Clinton’s 2008 effort in Nevada. That year, Clinton bested Barack Obama by a margin of 5.7 percentage points. This year, based on the latest results, she beat Sanders by just under that with 5.1 percentage points.

In a grand Caesars Palace ballroom, Hillary Clinton delivered a measured victory speech. The latest tight showing against a candidate that just months ago many political analysts laughed off as a serious challenge.

Of the first three presidential contests, she Iowa won by 0.3 percent of the vote; then lost the popular vote in New Hampshire more than 20 percentage points — and now this tight win in Nevada.

Clinton’s own campaign had previously trumpeted their wide polling lead, one that dwindled dramatically as caucus day approached. In a conference call with reporters last month, Mook himself had said that the former Secretary of State held a 25 percentage point lead in the state.

“It’s humbling to see that the Bernie campaign is running a very strong campaign, and we can’t ignore them, said Fabian Nunez, a national co-chair of Clinton’s campaign in 2008. “There’s a lot of concern about the economy, a lot of concern about the status quo… You can’t take anything for granted. The real lesson… is that you cannot claim victory despite how many people you have on the ground, how much money you invested in the campaign, and how strong a candidate you have — until the voters go to the polls or caucuses and decide who to vote for.”…

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