080119-hillary-hmed-1ph2.jpgDemocrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in the Nevada caucuses in a race marred by late charges of dirty politics. Republicans John McCain and Mike Huckabee looked to South Carolina’s nomination contest to offset rival Mitt Romney’s win in Nevada. Clinton captured the popular vote Saturday, but Obama edged her out for national convention delegates at stake, taking 13 to her 12.

Obama, who won the kickoff Iowa caucuses less than a month ago, issued a statement that said he had conducted an “honest, uplifting campaign … that appealed to people’s hopes instead of their fears.” His campaign manager, David Plouffe, was far more pointed in a written statement that accused the Clinton campaign of “an entire week’s worth of false, divisive attacks designed to mislead caucus-goers and discredit the caucus itself.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s win in Nevada rolled up roughly half the vote in a multi-candidate field. Romney said Nevada Republicans had cast their votes for change — and that he was the man to provide it.

People are very concerned about what’s happening globally, but they’re also concerned about what’s happening here at home,” he said after arriving in Florida, site of a Jan. 29 primary. The former businessman sketched the outlines of an economic stimulus package far larger than anything President Bush or congressional leaders are discussing, including tax cuts for individuals and businesses. (Continue Reading…)

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