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On Meet the Press on Sunday, Hillary Clinton said her campaign had nothing to do with a lawsuit--written about by my editor Katrina vanden Heuvel--that threatens to prevent thousands of workers from voting in the Nevada caucus on Saturday.
A federal judge set a hearing for tomorrow to help determine the legitimacy of the use of Las Vegas casinos as sites for the Nevada Democratic caucuses, just two days before delegates are selected in the increasingly heated battle between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.).
Established to allow thousands of casino employees working Saturday to participate, the hotel-based caucus precincts have become enmeshed in legal and political controversy ahead of the first balloting in the nominating process that is expected to include a large percentage of Latinos.
Court: Casino Caucuses Allowed
A federal judge in Las Vegas brushed aside a lawsuit trying to shut down nine casino precinct sites for the Nevada Democratic caucuses, handing an important victory to Sen. Barack Obama's bid in the Silver State Saturday.
U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan rejected the argument from a state teachers' union that participants in the at large casino precincts would be a "preferred class of voters" based on the delegates awarded at those sites vs. other neighborhood-based precincts. Mahan, siding with lawyers for the Democratic National Committee, said federal law "recognizes the parties have the right to determine how to apportion delegates," according to the Las Vegas Sun.