LAS VEGAS (AP) "I guess this is how the West was won," Hillary Rodham Clinton told cheering supporters following a caucus victory Saturday in Nevada.
Nevada was the first Western state in competition in the presidential nominating contests and gave Clinton her second consecutive victory after stumbling in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. Clinton won the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 8.
The victory, in essence, broke a tie between her and Barack Obama and sent her to the next battleground of South Carolina with a new dose of momentum.
Obama is leading her in South Carolina, a state where about half of the Democratic electorate is black.
Clinton won in Nevada despite Obama's backing from the Culinary Workers Union, the largest labor organization in the state.
Clinton, joined on stage by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea, said she was grateful to the members of the culinary union who caucused for her even after Obama won the union's endorsement.
"We will all be united in November," she said, as the crowd chanted H-R-C! H-R-C!