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September 2, 2014

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Clinton camp confused over at-large caucus sites

Even at the 11th hour — and after this morning's ruling that the at-large Strip caucus sites are OK — there's still some confusion, at least within the Clinton camp, about who can participate in those caucuses.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign told the Sun this evening that only employees who work for companies with more than 4,000 workers can caucus at the nine at-large sites on the Strip.

That's not true.

The issue came up after the Sun asked if any unions supporting Clinton would have members caucusing at those locations.

“If a construction company doesn’t have more than 4,000 people, they are out of luck,” said Hilarie Grey, Clinton’s Nevada spokeswoman. Clinton is endorsed by eight labor unions, some of whose members work for contractors on the Strip.

She said she learned of the 4,000 threshhold from the campaign’s political and labor directors.

State Democratic Party caucus rules, however, say the at-large sites will be created working with employers at locations where more than 4,000 employees will be working during Saturday’s caucus.

Any shift worker working within a 2.5-mile radius of an at-large location can caucus there.

We took that information back to Grey, who said she would double-check her facts with the campaign’s political director.

“Thank you for working with us on that,” she said. “I am not that literate on the rules."

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