Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 | 1:13 p.m.
Congressman David Bonior, the national campaign manager for John Edwards, made a quiet exit from the doors of Cashman Center at about 12:45 p.m. With 35 percent of precincts reporting presidential candidate Edwards had not yet hit 5 percent of the votes -- forecasting a crushing defeat for the former North Carolina Senator.
The Edwards camp never talked like Edwards could win Nevada, but they harbored hopes of finishing well -- maybe even in second place. Bonier would not officially concede defeat -- that'll come later today -- but he stated the obvious: "I think with 35 percent in and us at less than five percent it's clear we're not going to win here."
Bonior would not say how the thumping in Nevada would effect the longevity of Edwards' run for the presidency. He said Edwards had 1,000 people at events in Oklahoma City and St. Louis Friday, and is hoping to do well in South Carolina, where he was born.
Edwards had still not hit 5 percent of the vote with 63 percent of precincts reporting.