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Clinton Looks to Nevada and Its Delegate-Rich Outskirts

The Clinton campaign works to score delegates in rural Nevada   “There’s a lot of important voters out there”
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton reacts to questions from the media as she visits La Flor de Michoacan Ice Cream on Oct. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton reacts to questions from the media as she visits La Flor de Michoacan Ice Cream on Oct. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In the days before the New Hampshire primary, Tom Perez, the U.S. secretary of labor, went out to stump for Hillary Clinton in Nevada, where the Feb. 20 caucus is the next big event on the Democratic circuit. Before stopping in Las Vegas, the state’s largest city, Perez headed to the unincorporated town of Pahrump, along the California border. “When I talked to Hillary, she said, ‘Make sure you get out to Pahrump, because there’s a lot of good people out there, and there’s a lot of important voters out there,’ ” he told a crowd of 30 volunteers gathered at the local campaign office.

A few days later, Perez was followed by an even more powerful campaign surrogate: Bill Clinton. Pahrump, population 36,000, can expect to get a lot more love between now and the vote. It’s home to most of the residents of sprawling Nye County, the largest in the state. The campaign, Perez said after his appearance, is following an “every county” strategy and pushing well beyond Las Vegas and Reno into less populated areas of the state. “I’m here to send a very, very clear signal to the residents of Pahrump that Hillary Clinton wants to hear their concerns and takes them seriously.”