Kerry wins Nevada, D.C.

Feb. 14, 2004 at 9:31 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry emerged the victor in both Saturday's lightly attended Democratic presidential caucuses in the District of Columbia and in Nevada.

Kerry garnered 47 percent of the votes in the District, while Al Sharpton -- one of the few candidates who campaigned in the District -- came in second with 20 percent, WTOP Radio reported. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was third with 18 percent.

In Nevada, with almost all the votes counted, Kerry maintained a winning lead with 63 percent of the votes with Dean far behind, at 17 percent.

The District of Columbia caucuses were somewhat confused because they followed so closely a protest primary in January intended to provoke a Democratic Party battle for a greater District role in the process of choosing a presidential candidate.

The Nevada and D.C. caucuses deliver 40 delegates to Kerry.

More is at stake in Wisconsin Tuesday where 74 delegates will be awarded. Dean campaigned there Saturday before returning to Vermont to attend a son's hockey game.

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