Hillary Clinton usurped much of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ message and benefited hugely from the power of women and minorities in the Democratic Party as she reasserted command of the presidential nomination race with her victory in Nevada.
But trying to hold on to those groups and handle the party’s ideological leftward swing will be a tough task during what remains a lengthy nomination fight.
Meanwhile, as her party continues to shift to the left, Republicans face a mirror-image situation -- a rightward swing during this campaign that has put the party at odds with much of the country, whether the future nominee is front-runner Donald Trump or one of the other candidates fighting for prominence beneath him.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in his first appearance since his third-place finish in South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday, tried to woo voters here by highlighting differences between him and front-runner Donald Trump on land rights.
The federal government owns 85% of Nevada's land, and it's an issue of major concern among voters in the state.
"That makes no sense. It's ridiculous," Cruz said of the statistic.
Like "Batman v. Superman," this presidential campaign has two key players who should make it a Hollywood dream come true.
The non-politician in the White House and the first female president are both staples of political film and television, enduring symbols of a deep-held desire to see a figure of democratic idealism and everyday common sense straighten out the byzantine shenanigans of our nation's capital.
On paper, the prospect of both making their way to November is fraught with dramatic possibilities: "Dave" by way of "Commander in Chief," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" meets "Madam Secretary," and they are both on the hustings.
Donors who fueled Jeb Bush’s fundraising juggernaut were surprised by his decision to end his presidential bid Saturday but were already beginning Sunday to move on to other candidates in hopes of stopping Donald Trump.
Bobbie Kilberg and her husband, Bill, who were recently named finance committee co-chairs for Bush, said they decided Sunday morning that they would join Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign.
“He has the best, and perhaps the only, chance now of coalescing the mainstream part of the party and hopefully winning the nomination and being the one person who I think can take on Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton,” said Kilberg, an influential GOP donor from Virginia. “I am very worried about nominating someone totally outside of the mainstream.”
To be filed under life’s little ironies: Hillary Clinton’s victory in the Nevada caucuses can be credited in good part to an overwhelming outpouring of support along the Las Vegas Strip, where she carried some precincts by landslide margins.
Clinton worked those "precincts" hard, courting casino employees and other shift workers in a final mad dash of campaigning.
The notion of caucusing in casinos is good for laughs, playing into Las Vegas’ flaky-sybaritic image, but there is a practical reason for holding several “at-large” caucuses along the Strip. For many employees, it was the only way they could participate without taking time off work and losing a day’s pay.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio predicted Sunday that he would break through and finally win Republican presidential primaries as he sought to frame the race as a three-man contest after the South Carolina primary.
“I feel more and more positive now going into some of these states … that our chances continue to grow now,” said Rubio, who finished second in South Carolina to Donald Trump, just edging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“Especially as we get into the winner-take-all states that are coming up soon, we have to start winning states and we will,” he predicted on Fox News.