Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 | 4:30 p.m.
Where did both Democratic frontrunners choose to pass their last face time
on TV the morning of the caucus? At Univision's Henderson studios, one of
two Spanish-language networks in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton granted 15-minute interviews during the live broadcast that ended
only an hour before the 11 a.m. caucus kick-off. That was testimony to the hunger each had for Hispanic support.
It apparently worked. Andres Ramirez, Democratic Hispanic outreach director, quoted early exit polls that estimated 18,000 Hispanics turned out statewide, or about 30 percent of active registered Democratic Hispanics.
Polls also estimated three of four Hispanics lined up for Clinton. Who knows if Hispanic viewers watching Univision contributed to that total, and if they were influenced by Clinton's intimate vibe with news director Adriana Arevalo, who handled the live interview.
Arevalo is eight months pregnant. Clinton looked her in the eye toward the end of her 15 minutes and explained how "we women bring a somewhat different perspective ... we've balanced career and family ... I understand not just the world stage but the kitchen table."
Then, off camera, she grabbed Arevalo's arm, asked when the baby was due, a boy or a girl. Have a name yet?
The two laughed like old school chums.
A few hours later, at the precinct this reporter covered, dozens of Hispanic women who appeared to be 30 years old or more were sitting on the side of the Rancho High School bleachers reserved for Clinton supporters.
Clinton carried that precinct with seven delegates out of 10.