Reid, powerful union come to Clinton’s aid

Reid, powerful union come to Clinton’s aid
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Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE and the powerful Culinary Workers Union were huge players in Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE’s victory Saturday in Nevada’s caucuses.

Clinton racked up big wins in caucuses held in six major casinos on the Las Vegas strip, which helped her roll out a big majority in Clark County, home to about three-quarters of the state's registered Democratic voters.

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Reid, the Senate minority leader and longtime Nevada Democratic political pro, encouraged the head of the Culinary Workers Union to get casino workers to turn up at the caucuses, according to The New York Times

“He’s been extremely cooperative,” Reid told the Times about union head D. Taylor. “Probably 100 organizers will be at the caucus sites and in hotels to make sure people know what they’re doing.”

While Reid is officially neutral in the race, veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston said it was clear he wanted Clinton to win and was worried that Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE (I-Vt.) might pull off an upset.

“Harry Reid asserted again today ... that he really can change the dynamic of an election in this state,” Ralston said on MSNBC shortly after Clinton’s victory speech.

Reports out of many casinos noted long lines of workers heading to caucus inside casinos. Workers at the MGM Casino received three hours of paid time off to caucus without fear of having to skip work, but employees at some other casinos were faced with the prospect of having to head back to work without participating. 

The Culinary Workers Union did not endorse either candidate, but Clinton has locked up substantially more support from unions than Sanders. 

In her victory speech, she specifically thanked “hotel and casino workers who never wavered.”

Clinton spent the latter part of the week on the Las Vegas strip going from casino to casino and spending time with hotel workers. She even showed up to meet with employees during their late-night shift. 

Clinton also never gave up on rural parts of the state. She doubled back to Elko, Nev., canceling a trip to Florida.