Obama Camp Complains To Nevada Democratic Party About Caucuses

Barack Obama's presidential campaign complained in a letter to the Nevada Democratic Party today (Wednesday) that rival Hillary Rodham Clinton benefited from numerous violations of party rules during the state's caucuses on Saturday.

Clinton won the caucuses' popular vote by a margin of 51 percent to 45 percent. Under complicated delegate allocation rules, however, Obama could receive 13 delegates to Clinton's 12.

The letter to Nevada Democratic Chairwoman Jill Derby from Obama
lawyer Robert Bauer lists instances of early door closings, obstruction of voters, and improper handling of voter preference cards.

Obama aides said the campaign has received more than 1,600 complaints.

Bauer said the campaign is not challenging the outcome of the caucuses, but he asked Derby to conduct an inquiry into the Clinton
campaign tactics.

The Clinton campaign has also complained about behavior at the caucuses.

On Sunday, Clinton senior adviser Dave Barnhart said he witnessed an enormous "gantlet" of Obama supporters at the Mirage casino-hotel caucus site who tried to intimidate Clinton backers.