Weekend in Review: Nevada, S.C.

John McCain triumphed over Mike Huckabee in Saturday’s Republican South Carolina primary by a small margin, and Marc Ambinder thinks he knows seven reasons why. Fred Thompson, despite taking only 16 percent of the vote, hasn’t dropped out of the race.

Noam Scheiber thinks that with McCain’s victory, the G.O.P. has "finally achieved that belated winnowing" of candidates. Jonathan Martin thinks McCain taking first place, combined with Romney’s victory in Michigan, is going to make Florida an even more important prize for the Republican candidates. Martin also reports that the McCain campaign is launching a seven-figure ad buy in Florida.

Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses, which saw record turnout for Democrats. She garnered the support of many of the women voters, and the Latino community. The economy may have also been an important factor.

Clinton and Obama split the labor vote, even though Obama had the endorsement of the powerful Culinary Union.

Still, Obama walked away from the caucus with one more delegate than Hillary, but they are delegates for the county caucus, not the national convention.

David Plouffe is accusing the Clinton campaign of dirty politics, and Bill Clinton is saying he personally witnessed voter suppression by the Culinary Union.

Jonathan Alter writes in Newsweek that Rahm Emanuel and Ted Kennedy, neither of whom have made an endorsement, have asked Bill Clinton to stop attacking Obama.

Hillary said she’s "thrilled" at the outcome of the caucus, but still has "the same concerns" about the process as a whole.

J. Patrick Coolican and Michael Mishak have a long, insidery piece in the Las Vegas Sun on how each of the campaigns approached the caucus, and why the Clinton operation succeeded.

The popular New Jersey Senate President Dick Codey writes in The Record that he isn’t abandoning John Edwards, despite an unimpressive five-percent showing in Nevada. On Blue Jersey, huntsu approves.

Mitt Romney won the Nevada Republican caucus, which received relatively little attention because Romney was the only leading Republican to campaign heavily in the state. After the Nevada results were in, Duncan Hunter dropped out of the race.

Outside of either state that voted this weekend, Obama picked up the endorsement of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and launched a new ad in Missouri. He also decided to give away $40,000 he received from a wealthy Chicagoan who is facing federal corruption charges.

The Kansas City Star endorsed McCain and Clinton.

Also, Tom Delay thinks McCain has done more to hurt the Republican Party than any elected official he "knows of."

According to Political Radar, Obama said, in an interview that will air tomorrow morning, that he is ready to confront Bill Clinton, because the former President "has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that [he thinks] is pretty troubling.”

In Florida, Rudy Giuliani broke his "11th Commandment" and attacked both McCain and Romney for opposing George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Staying on message, Rudy’s congratulatory message to McCain mentioned the same thing.

Senator Mel Martinez of Florida was going to endorse McCain this week, but now "feels bad" for Giuliani and might just stay away from the whole thing.

On Rudy’s behalf, Pat Robertson is trying to get an email list that would go out to 25 million evangelical Christians.

Jon Voight stumped, and cried, for the former mayor in various locations in Florida.

Giuliani also announced that he’s making outer space a priority in his administration.

Despite all his work in Florida, VJ Machiavelli at Room Eight doesn’t think it bodes well that Ron Paul beat Giuliani in both the Republican contests this weekend.

While standing next to Michael Bloomberg at a public appearance in California this weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he won’t be endorsing a presidential candidate.

Also, flanked by the California governor and Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Bloomberg announced the formation of a nonpartisan organization called Building America’s Future, that will push the government towards smarter spending on infrastructure. He also criticized Congress for being short-sighted about spending.

David Seifman reports that Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institute does not want Bloomberg to run for President, even though he’s "a great fan" of the mayor.

In New York State news, Jam
es Odato reports on the likely components of Eliot Spitzer’s budget address: "$1 billion from health care costs, diminishes scheduled aid for education and adds several new taxes and fees." The speech will be delivered on Tuesday.

Joe Mahoney reports that Darren Dopp "testified before a state ethics panel that he got Gov. Spitzer’s okay just before releasing state police records on Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno last June."

Spitzer’s commission on securities oversight made the recommendation for one securities regulator, instead of four.

And in emergency management news, the New York Post reports that, in case the subways lose power during a major crisis, millions of New Yorkers will be evacuated to New Jersey by boat. Weekend in Review: Nevada, S.C.