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The best news for Clinton out of the Iowa caucuses

 Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters as former US President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton look on during her caucus night event in the Olmsted Center at Drake University.
Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters as former US President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton look on during her caucus night event in the Olmsted Center at Drake University.
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Hillary Clinton won the support of nonwhite voters in Iowa by 24 percentage points, according to entrance poll results from the Wall Street Journal. Fifty-eight percent of nonwhite voters said they would support her, compared to 34 percent for Sanders.

That support didn’t amount to a significant boost for Clinton in Monday's caucuses – minority voters make up less than a tenth of the Democratic electorate in that state. And at less than nine percent of the total population in New Hampshire, minority voters probably won’t determine the Democratic victor there either.

But nonwhite voters make up a much larger portion of the total population in the next two states to vote, at about 36 percent in South Carolina and 48.5 percent in Nevada.

If Clinton continues to hold a meaningful lead among minority voters going into these contests, she will almost certainly pull off a much more definitive win than the one we saw last night or that is projected for the next contest.

And on March 1, seven states across the South — many of which have large nonwhite populations — are set to hold their primaries.

Of course, it’s possible that as Sanders gains more positive media coverage in the lead-up to New Hampshire, more minority voters will warm to his pitch.

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