Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 | 4:15 p.m.
The Clinton and Obama campaigns are making last-minute pushes to turn out their supporters for Saturday's county conventions across Nevada, where delegates will be selected for the state convention.
In Clark County, the Clinton camp is holding a pre-convention organizing meeting tonight at 8:30 at its Tropicana Avenue headquarters. Former President Bill Clinton is set to give a pep talk via conference call.
As for the Obama campaign, the candidate himself sent out an e-mail to supporters this afternoon, piggybacking on one sent by his campaign manager yesterday, imploring his supporters to turn out in big numbers tomorrow to retain his slight lead in state delegates.
"The caucus process in Nevada has had its ups and downs, and you've been terrific through it all," Obama wrote. "Whether you register as a delegate or prefer to attend as an alternate in case of last-minute vacancies, it's absolutely crucial that you attend tomorrow. Anyone who caucused on January 19th can be an alternate."
Key phrase: Last-minute vacancies.
As detailed by my colleague, Patrick Coolican, neither the campaigns nor party officials know what to expect at Bally's tomorrow. In fact, the campaigns have been working furiously to determine just who their respective delegates are.
In short, neither camp wants to be caught with their pants down. And the party has much at stake: It doesn't want convention chaos to tarnish the mostly-positive press it received for staging a record-breaking caucus.
Remember, Nevada's status as an early-voting state is far from assured.