With Hillary Clinton receiving the most popular votes during the Nevada caucuses Saturday, it seems a metaphysical certitude media members will crown her the victor.
However, due to apportioning rules, Barack Obama actually won more delegates.
Which will get more attention from press members in the next 24 hours?
While you ponder, Obama made the following statement at his website moments ago:
We're proud of the campaign we ran in Nevada. We came from over twenty-five points behind to win more national convention delegates than Hillary Clinton because we performed well all across the state, including rural areas where Democrats have traditionally struggled.
The Associated Press confirmed Obama's statement moments ago (emphasis added):
Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, a race marred by late charges of dirty politics. John McCain and Mike Huckabee dueled for victory in a hard-fought Republican primary in South Carolina.
"I guess this is how the West was won," Clinton told cheering supporters in Las Vegas. She captured the popular vote, but Obama edged her out for national convention delegates at stake, taking 13 to her 12.
Despite this being reported by AP, do you imagine this little distinction getting a lot of attention in the days to come?
Or how about the following statement made by Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe:
We currently have reports of over 200 separate incidents of trouble at caucus sites, including doors being closed up to thirty minutes early, registration forms running out so people were turned away, and ID being requested and checked in a non-uniform fashion. This is in addition to the Clinton campaign's efforts to confuse voters and call into question the at-large caucus sites which clearly had an affect on turnout at these locations. These kinds of Clinton campaign tactics were part of an entire week's worth of false, divisive, attacks designed to mislead caucus-goers and discredit the caucus itself.
Along with Obama's delegate victory, will these allegations receive much media attention?