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Next up for Democrats: Nevada, an entirely different state

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -

Forget the snowy, small towns of Iowa and New Hampshire. The Democratic presidential contest now shifts to Nevada.

The third state to vote for a presidential nominee is far more diverse than the other two mostly white early voting states. Nevada's population and urban nature are thought to make it friendlier to Hillary Clinton.

But working-class people still scarred by the housing bust may be attracted to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The avowed socialist nearly matched Clinton in Iowa and trounced her in New Hampshire.

Nevada will be a test of how well Sanders plays outside of white, rural states. It'll also be a test of whether Clinton's so-called "firewall" of states with large minority populations is reality or wishful thinking.

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