Obama’s Nevada supporters still expect to party after reality check

Sen. Barack Obama was so confident about a win in New Hampshire on Tuesday that his campaign staged more than 160 parties at supporters’ houses across Nevada, the next stop on the road to the Democratic presidential nomination.

As returns began to come in showing him instead losing narrowly to Sen. Hillary Clinton back East, the mood at Carolyn Essex’s house in North Las Vegas was subdued.

The group remained hopeful and determined, but it was nothing like the roaring throng that packed a local bar to watch the Iowa results last week.

Essex, 47, switched off the big-screen TV in the spacious living room in which about 20 Obama supporters from the neighborhood had gathered, and began to speak.

"We’re going to be victorious, you know that," she told them. "You know that this is a movement and that nothing can stop the favor of the Lord."

A campaign staffer, Jason Green, got up and rallied the crowd with Obama’s signature call-and-response chant, "Fired up! Ready to go!"

"New Hampshire is out of our control, but we can control what happens on the ground here in Nevada," Green said. "We have built the strongest campaign organization this state has ever seen."

Obama’s campaign got a boost late Tuesday when the Service Employees International Union in Nevada voted to endorse him. A union spokeswoman said that in a Tuesday teleconference Obama had the support of the 60 percent of the executive board that was required for its endorsement.

The 17,500-member union of health care and county workers today will begin educating members and knocking on doors to support Obama, Hilary Haycock said.

A spokeswoman said the Obama campaign remained confident going into Nevada and that throwing the parties hadn’t been premature.

"This campaign has always been about grass-roots organizing," Shannon Gilson said. "The fact that thousands of supporters got together tonight to root on Barack Obama speaks to the strength of our organization."

Indeed, as they continued to watch the results, Obama supporters at the Essex house, some of them new volunteers, started calling lists of voters.

No other candidate had staged a New Hampshire-watching gathering in Nevada, including Clinton, whose staff and volunteers had a business-as-usual night of phone calls to voters. But when Clinton gave her victory speech after 8 p.m. Pacific time, they paused to watch and cheer wildly at her Las Vegas headquarters.

"We’re excited. It’s good to have the momentum with us," said Clinton’s Nevada campaign chairman, Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid.

"We look forward to the eyes of the nation being on Nevada. But we haven’t taken our eyes off the ball. We’re going to continue to follow our plan."

Nevada’s Jan. 19 Democratic caucuses now look to become the tiebreaker and the main focus of the candidates. That has Democrats in the state jubilant that a contest that might have been written off if Obama seemed unstoppable now appears to be another vital fight.

Most Republican presidential candidates don’t have active campaigns in Nevada, whose Republican caucuses come after a contested Michigan primary and on the same day as South Carolina’s primary. The Democrats are not playing in Michigan and have a later date in South Carolina.

A major turn in the race is scheduled to come today, when the Culinary union, along with its international parent union, is scheduled to endorse a Democratic candidate. Speculation had been rampant that the Strip workers union, which likes to pick a winner, would go with Obama, but that was before his New Hampshire loss.

The Culinary union was having a private teleconference late Tuesday to discuss its choice. The 60,000-member local of the Unite Here coalition of textile and hotel workers plans an 11 a.m. news conference today to announce its endorsement.

But the union’s effect on the race could be diminished by the fact it held out for so long.

Obama is expected in the state on Friday, when it is also rumored that Clinton will arrive. Neither campaign would confirm its schedule, however.

Two more candidates still in the race, and with active campaigns in Nevada, are hoping the state elevates a third Democrat to a much-needed win: Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico who hopes Nevadans want a Western candidate, and John Edwards, who hopes Nevada’s union members will turn to him.

An Edwards spokesman acknowledged the campaign had a "four-state plan," hoping wins in the early states would propel an underfunded candidate, but said he was undeterred.

"We think New Hampshire was really a referendum on Senator Clinton," Adam Bozzi said. "She spent millions of dollars to make it her fire wall. This is a fight where it looks like none of the candidates are going to fade. It looks like there’s three serious contenders, and we are going to be in contention for every delegate in every state."

Bozzi made a case that Culinary’s endorsement won’t necessarily sway its members, since all the candidates have met with groups of members multiple times. The union has done a lot of caucus training, but it now will have just 10 days to persuade members to vote for the candidate it endorses.

Meanwhile Tuesday night, as New Hampshire’s Republican contest was called early for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the second-place finisher, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, had a group of volunteers diligently calling voters and distributing yard signs from a Las Vegas office.

Despite his potential regional appeal, McCain pulled out of Nevada many months ago when his campaign hit financial turbulence. After winning New Hampshire, McCain told the Associated Press, "We’re going to move on to Michigan and South Carolina," with no mention of Nevada.

Romney has the most organized Republican campaign in Nevada, although the campaign frets that a win here won’t count because the state will be seen as virtually uncontested. The only other Republican with paid staff here is Rep. Ron Paul.

The Romney operation in Nevada has made more than 150,000 phone calls and is about to get at least 60 staffers from other states.

Leaving the office with an armload of yard signs was 14-year-old Ryan Fox, who’s working hard to convince those old enough to vote that Romney is their man.

"I can vote for his second term," Ryan said.

He was not bothered by the New Hampshire result. "I know we put a lot of money into New Hampshire, but there’s still Michigan and here," Ryan said. "It’s not like he’s going to run out of money."

The junior politico was accompanied by his friend Henry Ragan, 13, whose successful campaign for student body president Ryan had managed, and their ride, Ryan’s mother Linda.

Ryan’s energetic advocacy appeared to be getting results. Both his parents started out supporting Rudy Giuliani, he said, but now "my dad’s still going back and forth, and I’ve pretty much brainwashed my mom."

Contact reporter Molly Ball at mball@reviewjournal.com or (702) 387-2919.

ad-high_impact_4
News
Henderson police bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting
Henderson police released body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting in a grocery store parking lot at 2667 Windmill Parkway on Aug. 12, 2018. (Henderson Police Department)
Bicyclist suffers major head trauma in hit-and-run
A bicyclist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a Thursday morning hit-and-run crash near the school formerly known as Agassi Prep. Police said the bicyclist was hit by a white SUV, which fled the scene. The injured man suffered multiple injuries including major head trauma. As of 9 a.m., Lake Mead remained closed between Martin Luther King and Revere Street while police investigate.
Las Vegas artist Dave Dave dies at 42
Dave Dave talks about his art and his life in 2016. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dave Dave, whose dad set him on fire in 1983, dies
Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, died at Sunrise Hospital on July 15. He was 42. When he was 6, Dave's father tried to kill him by setting him on fire. He was given a sleeping pill and his bed at a Buena Park, California, motel was doused with kerosene. “I remembered being in a lot of pain,” Dave told the Review-Journal in 2016. “When stuff happens to you at that young of an age, you tend to block it out, but I remember the pain was excruciating.” Dave, who was born David Rothenberg, became close friends with Michael Jackson, who met him after the attack, which burned more than 90 percent of his body. “I wanted to meet him, and he wanted to meet me, and that just turned into a lifelong relationship that never ended,” Dave said. “It was amazing being friends with Michael Jackson. He was an amazing person.” Dave attended ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, and collaborated with various artists around Las Vegas, eventually selling his art to private collectors. Despite his challenges, he continued to live, thrive and create. Dave Dave
Homicide detectives investigate woman's death
Las Vegas police were called to Tahiti Village Resort early Wednesday after calls that someone had been shot. Police found a woman’s body between a parking garage and boiler room on the resort's property. A guest first reported hearing gunfire. There are no witnesses, but police will examine surveillance videos and look for clues. The woman was not identified, but a purse was found near the body. She did not appear to be a guest at the resort.
LVMPD Discusses Ross Dress for Less Shooting
LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank discussed the 15th officer-involved shooting of the year at a press conference at Metro headquarters on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The active-shooter incident took place at the Ross Dress for Less store at the 4000 block Blue Diamond Road in the south Las Vegas Valley. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County School Board president Deanna Wright on travel expenses
Clark County School Board President Deanna Wright says she followed proper expense protocol in trip to Florida last year.
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Shooting leaves 1 dead in southeast valley
A man was found fatally shot in the doorway of a squatter apartment after an argument ended in gunfire on Sunday night. Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. to the Silver Pines apartments and discovered the man in a breezeway in one of the buildings. The wounded man died at the scene, despite the efforts of another person, who tried to administer medical aid. Witnesses saw a man and a woman flee the scene, but were unable to give police a clear description.
North Las Vegas unveils new school crosswalk
North Las Vegas councilman Isaac Barron talks about the new school crosswalk in front of CP Squires Elementary School Monday, August 6, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
LVMPD Briefing on OIS #13
Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly held a press conference to discuss details of the 13th officer-involved-shoot for the department in 2018. Video shows the moments before the suspect was shot. The shooting, which has been edited out, occurred as the suspect lunged at an officer outside the apartment. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sedan and semitrailer collide in south Las Vegas
An early Wednesday morning crash has left one person in critical condition. A sedan and semitrailer collided around 4 a.m. at the corner of Spencer Street and Serene Avenue. Police do not believe impairment is a factor in the crash. Spencer has been blocked off north of Serene while police continue their investigation.
Cybersecurity Professionals Flock to Las Vegas for Black Hat
Black Hat USA, the largest annual cybersecurity conference, is expecting a record 17,000 attendees during its six-day run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center this week. One thing attendees have in mind is making sure they don't get hacked while they're there. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Police chase ends with suspects captured in east Las Vegas
An early Tuesday morning chase ended with a car crash in an east Las Vegas neighborhood. Police were pursuing the vehicle, which they say was involved in robberies in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, when the driver crashed at Owens and Statz Street. A man was taken into custody. A woman was ejected from a vehicle and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The intersection at Mojave Road and Owens Avenue was shut down while police officers searched for the suspect and investigated. The intersection will remain closed for most of the morning.
Record number participate in Touro University Nevada White Coat Ceremony
Three hundred sixty-five medical students received their white coats during the Touro University Nevada White Coat Ceremony at the M Resort in Henderson Monday. The ceremony was developed to honor students in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy as they accept the professional responsibilities inherent in their relationship with patients. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Stop for school buses, urges CCSD
Clark County School District Police Department hold a mock traffic stop at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Work Begins at Las Vegas Community Healing Garden
Crews moved the wooden Remembrance Wall at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden on South Casino Center Boulevard Monday. Construction on a permanent wall is set to begin within the week. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
Man wounded outside Cottages apartment
Las Vegas police don't have a motive after a man was shot early Monday morning outside a northwest valley apartment. The man's mother called police to say her son had been shot. She called police around 1:15 a.m. Other people were inside the apartment but no one else was injured. Police are still looking for the shooter.
Ride new Interstate 11 segment in one minute
Interstate 11 opens to the public Thursday, providing sweeping views of Lake Mead, art deco-style bridges and a mural illustrating the construction of Hoover Dam. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Miss El Tiempo 2019
Miss Teen El Tiempo and Miss El Tiempo 2019 were crowned at Sam's Town Saturday, August 4, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Las Vegas Woman Raises Awareness for Anxiety and Depression
Cassi Davis was diagnosed with anxiety and depression after the birth of her second child. After seeking help and support, she felt that there wasn't enough for support for those living day in and day out for those with mood disorders. She created the Crush Run, set for Sept. 22, to raise money for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and bring together a community of people who live with the same conditions she does. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
North Las Vegas marks the opening of Tropical Parkway connector
The City of North Las Vegas, Nevada Department of Transportation and other partners celebrated the opening of the Tropical Parkway connector to Interstate 15 and the Las Vegas Beltway. The stretch of road will make access easier for distribution centers for Amazon, Sephora and other companies moving into an 1,100-acre industrial area rising near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bighorn sheep with West Temple in background at Zion National Park
A bighorn sheep walks through Zion National Park (National Park Service)
Adult Superstore location closes after 45 years
The Adult Superstore on Main Street has closed its doors for good after 45 years. The shop, which offered a multitude of adult toys, novelty items and movies, opened in 1973. Four other locations remain open. A note on the front door tells customers, “We can’t fully express our sorrow.” Adult Superstore was awarded Best of Las Vegas adult store by the Review-Journal in 2016 and 2017 .
Funeral held for Las Vegas corrections officer
Department of Public Safety Correctional Officer Kyle Eng died July 19 after a fight with an inmate at the Las Vegas Jail. A funeral was held for Eng at Canyon Ridge Christian Church Monday, July 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What Back-To-School Shopping Is Like For a CCSD Parent and Teacher
Laura LeBowsky, a CCSD special education teacher and mother of two, set out to shop for her children's supply lists at her local Walmart and Target. She was looking for deals to try to keep the total under $150, while also allowing Chloe, 8, and Brady, 6, some choice in what they wanted. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
Businesses struggle to fill food manufacturing jobs
Chelten House is a family-owned food manufacturing company from New Jersey. They created a facility in Vegas five years ago and have struggled to find experienced workers in the area. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LeBron heckler crosses line, altercation erupts
NBA superstar LeBron James, his wife, Savannah, and daughter Zhuri were at Liberty High School to watch Bronny James in action Wednesday night. But an unruly fan wearing a Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey heckled the newest Los Angeles Laker. The man screamed at event security with LeBron and his family about 150 feet away. The man had to be restrained, triggering a brief altercation with security. James and his family were escorted out a side door along with Bronny's team, the North Coast Blue Chips. Event officials canceled the game between the Blue Chips and Nike Meanstreets.
Las Vegas Oddities Shop in Downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas Oddities shop owner Vanessa VanAlstyne describes what's for sale in one of the weirder and wackier stores in Downtown Las Vegas. The store opened less than a year ago and carries everything from human bones to "rogue" taxidermy to Victorian death photography. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like