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Obama campaign cites Nevada vote irregularities
Times of India ^ | 21 Jan 2008, 0501 hrs IST

Posted on 01/20/2008 4:51:47 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin

WASHINGTON: US Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign on Sunday said that it had received reports of voting irregularities in Nevada's nominating caucuses, which were won by rival Hillary Clinton.

Spokesmen for Obama's campaign told reporters that a Clinton party handout urged registration lines for the caucuses Saturday to close at 11:30 am, whereas state party rules said anyone in line until 12:00 pm was to be allowed to participate.

"Despite clear rules and timelines laid out by the Nevada Democratic Party that caucus doors should remain open and voter registration should continue until noon, the Clinton campaign encouraged their operatives to close the caucus doors at 11:30 am, a half hour before that deadline," said spokesman Bill Burton.

"This caused confusion and led to people leaving the caucuses before having the chance to participate."

Clinton won the state's nominating contest with 51 percent of the vote, while Obama received 45 percent. The victory increased the former first lady's lead over Obama, after she also won the New Hampshire primary on January 8.

Obama won the Democrats' first nominating caucuses in Iowa at the beginning of the month. His campaign called for a full review of the Nevada vote but insisted it was not calling into question the results.

"We found an unusually high number of reports that the Clinton campaign was insisting that 11:30 was the deadline," said general counsel Bob Bauer, adding that at least 300 complaints had come in.

"We are not calling the results into question at all. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again," Bauer said.

"We are going to notify the Nevada Democratic party that we want a full review of this, and make sure we have in front of us a full picture to make sure this behavior is highlighted and discouraged in the future."

Asked by reporters why an early close would have particularly affected Obama supporters, Bauer said "a campaign that departs from the rules and disenfranchises voters has to be held accountable for that."

He added: "We care about all the voters who would have been affected by this rule."

According to the Nevada Democratic Party rules: "Caucus registration will remain open until viability is determined by 12:00 pm."

Burton sent reporters an email containing what he described as the contents of the Clinton campaign precinct captain handbook, which said 11:30 am was the "deadline for registering (or standing in line to register) to participate in the caucus."

It also said 11:30 am was the time when the "caucus chair closes doors and announces attendance."

Contacted for comment, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said the New York senator's campaign planned to hold its own press conference at 6:15 pm.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: hillary; nv2008; obama

1 posted on 01/20/2008 4:51:48 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

wonder if this has anything to do with the timing of shift changes at the casinos


2 posted on 01/20/2008 4:54:18 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Nevada, schmadda.

I want to see the circus in SC when they really show who has the balls to get out the black vote!
That may be a real smackdown for someone, and I don’t know which way this will go. :)


3 posted on 01/20/2008 4:56:04 PM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I quote Hector Babenco, “I’m a shockaded.”


4 posted on 01/20/2008 5:00:37 PM PST by top 2 toe red
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To: DeaconBenjamin

This was certainty since Bubba complained about vote suppression, under the maxim, “Whatever the Clintons accuse others of doing they are doing themselves.”


5 posted on 01/20/2008 5:15:05 PM PST by Buckhead
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Don’t they know that ANYTIME the Clintons are involved there is a 15% fraud factor.


6 posted on 01/20/2008 5:20:05 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Barack Hussein Obama, as a Democrat, should expect fraud, in any form, of any kind, at any time, in anyway.

Their only problem is - it normally only happens from the Democrats not to them!!!!


7 posted on 01/20/2008 5:30:38 PM PST by malia ( The Media is ignoring you FRED THOMPSON but I'm not ! And I know Duncan HUNTER is there also!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Leave it to the Clintons...


8 posted on 01/20/2008 5:33:13 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Marysecretary

She’s viscious. I find her a lot scarier in the general than Obama because even though a lot of people hate her, she really knows how to game the system, and will stop at absolutely nothing to win.


9 posted on 01/20/2008 6:38:24 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: DeaconBenjamin
and make sure we have in front of us a full picture to make sure
this behavior is highlighted and discouraged in the future."

How about a letter from the UN, that would teach them. /unbelievable

10 posted on 01/20/2008 6:41:58 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Obama campaign cites Nevada vote irregularities

Of course there were "irregularities."

It's called ILLEGAL VOTERS!

More voter fraud has taken place in the last 2 decades than at any time in history! Ever since ACORN and Soros jumped into bed with the RAT party, illeglas, dead people, dogs and cats have all learned how to vote!

11 posted on 01/20/2008 6:55:18 PM PST by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"We are going to notify the Nevada Democratic party that we want a full review of this, and make sure we have in front of us a full picture to make sure this behavior is highlighted and discouraged in the future."

HA HA!

That is like getting ripped off by a street thug, and then complaining to the local crime gang for justice.


12 posted on 01/21/2008 4:05:36 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
That is like getting ripped off by a street thug, and then complaining to the local crime gang for justice.

Why wouldn't that be logical? In certain societies, the local crime gang may be the most likely (and most certain) means of ensuring the justice you seek. Or does it bother you that such may be true in the US as well?

13 posted on 01/21/2008 5:06:12 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Dear Mr. Obama.......GIVE UP!! You don’t have a chance in hell beating the White Boys and girls.....the Clintoids will DESTROY you.


14 posted on 01/21/2008 6:34:40 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Interesting he’s attacking Bill Clinton to start the week.....


15 posted on 01/21/2008 6:35:30 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: OldGuard1

I think both Bil and Hil have sold their souls to the devil. They’ll do anything they can to be president and I pray God stops them before that happens. People are very deceived about them. They just refuse to see the truth when it’s spelled out in front of them.


16 posted on 01/21/2008 7:06:40 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: NRA2BFree

Don’t forget all the prisoners and those who vote early and often (LOL).


17 posted on 01/21/2008 7:07:37 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Hey, there’s no crime on the streets where the Italian mafioso live...


18 posted on 01/21/2008 7:08:30 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Now, wait a minute - all race pimps will tell you that the street thugs in question cannot be racist because “they lack the power to impose their racism on others”.

Now you’re telling me that they have the power to impose their will... gosh... who would have a reason to lie about this?


19 posted on 01/21/2008 7:11:01 AM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: mrmargaritaville

I am so tired of everytime a democrat loses an election or a caucus, they claim voting irregularities. Its getting so old.

Kinda like the colts wide receivers claiming pas interference when they miss a pass.


20 posted on 01/21/2008 7:39:24 AM PST by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: Buckhead

What was he babbling about that thecasino workers votes would be counted 5 times more than non-casino workers?


21 posted on 01/21/2008 7:55:14 AM PST by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: NRA2BFree

My cat voted for Hillary. Weird because she is registered Independant!


22 posted on 01/21/2008 7:56:25 AM PST by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: Holicheese

dems complaining about other dems in a primery-to use your metaphor-would be like Harrison and Wayne pleading for a PI flag after bumping into each other on their routes.


23 posted on 01/21/2008 7:56:41 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: mrmargaritaville

how come this gets no press? When its a dem saying this against a repub its front page news... Oh why do I ask, I know the answer!


24 posted on 01/21/2008 8:19:29 AM PST by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Why wouldn't that be logical? In certain societies, the local crime gang may be the most likely (and most certain) means of ensuring the justice you seek. Or does it bother you that such may be true in the US as well?

What are you talking about?

I made a comparison of the Democrats going to the DNC Criminal Enterprise for justice - which is really comical.

Not sure where you are going with your being serious to go to criminal gangs for relief from crime. Are you serious? If so.......wow.

25 posted on 01/21/2008 9:56:24 AM PST by SkyPilot
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