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Campaign: Nevada Demographics, Family Tie A Boon For Booker

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cory Booker's campaign manager says the New Jersey senator's family ties to Las Vegas and the similar demographics of New Jersey and Nevada will help him compete in the western state's presidential caucuses.

Booker's national campaign manager Addisu Demissie said in an interview Wednesday in Las Vegas that Nevada's role as the first diverse state to weigh in on the Democratic presidential contest will provide Booker a chance to pull ahead.

Booker's hometown of Newark is mostly black and Latino, two communities that Demissie says form much of Booker's support and will play a key role in Nevada's February caucuses.

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Demissie says Nevada is critical for the campaign and Booker's frequent visits to see his mom, who lives in Las Vegas, have helped him get to know the community.