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Race row sours Democrat presidential battle

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Hillary Clinton is all but guaranteed to win today’s presidential primary in Michigan, as rivals Barack Obama and John Edwards have withdrawn. None of the Democratic candidates have campaigned in the state, which has been stripped by the party of its national delegates as punishment for holding its primary early.

That would make Clinton’s anticipated victory a hollow one.

Meanwhile the battle of the front-runners, Clinton and Obama, is turning increasingly negative amid a row over race.

Obama accused Clinton of belittling the legacy of Martin Luther King after she said King’s ‘dream’ only came true thanks to President Johnson pushing the Civil Rights Act through Congress in 1964. Clinton claims her point was that it needed action at leadership level to fulfil King’s vision.

The Democrat fight travels to Nevada, nicknamed the ‘Battle Born State’, for caucuses on Saturday.