Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 | 3:18 p.m.
ELKO — This was the collision of presidential campaigns in this high desert city, where all three Democratic candidates have dropped in. John Edwards came and left last night.
Today, after lunch, Hillary Clinton was on a roll at a Shoshone Indian school gymnasium, teasing Barack Obama for throwing valentines at Ronald Reagan and admonishing all of the labor unions in Southern Nevada to encourage everyone to participate fair-and-square. After her remarks to more than 600 people — some of them big supporters, others undecided and trying to make up their minds — she offered to take questions.
With that, people started pouring out of the gymnasium.
“I understand if you have to go,” she said. “A lot of people, you have to go and pick up your kids. But I’m going to stay and answer questions.”
Kids weren’t the issue. Obama was due in 20 minutes at the Elko High School gymnasium 10 minutes away, and so they had to hustle.
At the Obama event, by my count there were about twice as many people.
But a lot of them were still wearing Clinton campaign stickers on their shirts