Clinton's debate showing may dampen calls for Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up to supporters at the end of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las VegasBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden faced an altered political dynamic on Wednesday after Hillary Clinton reasserted her command of the Democratic Party presidential race during a debate that may have left little room for him to run. Analysts widely hailed Clinton, 67, as turning in a nimble, effective performance on Tuesday night, perhaps easing the fears of some Democrats fretting that the flap over her use of a private email server while in the Obama administration was torpedoing her candidacy for the November 2016 election. In doing so, she may have dampened calls for Biden to make a belated entrance into the race while also blunting the threat from insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders, a 74-year-old U.S. senator from Vermont and self-described democratic socialist.

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