Washington, Jan.21 : A Las Vegas-based palm reader, Mari Rose, has predicted that Barack Obama's bid for the White House this year will be successful.
Rose was reportedly shown photographs of both Democrat presidential frontrunners -- Hillary Clinton and Obama -- and said that the latter would win hands down.
According to The Mirror, Mari first studied Hillary's hand, and immediately said: "This person is scary. Whoever it is, she's under a great deal of stress - and has been for some time. She is a determined person. A good speaker, but someone who didn't come to her career in the traditional way. She will live until she is 78 years old, but she may have health issues quite soon. Above all, her iron will is overwhelming."
On Obama's hand, she said: "This man is passionate, but he sees things in a very fundamental way - right or wrong, black or white.There is a dark side to him, but he keeps it under control. He's warmer than the other person and far less scary. His life-line suggests he'll live until he is mid-70, but there's no guarantee of that. Over all, he is a very interesting person."
But when asked who would emerge the winner in a contest between the two, Mari said: "The man - though it will be a hard-won battle."
She was surprised when we revealed her subjects' identities, saying: "Wow, I didn't see that coming. But I'm sticking to my guns." But Hillary proved that even if Mari is right, she's not going down without a fight.
She battled back against Obama by gaining 51 per cent of the Nevada vote to his 45 per cent.
Afterwards she told cheering supporters: "I guess this is how the West was won."
Pundits say the pair are still level pegging in the race to win the Democrat nomination for November's presidential elections as they head for the next primary in South Carolina.
Hillary, who has bounced back to take two states after Obama's shock initial victory in Iowa is hoping to open up a lead over her rival with a third straight win.
But half South Carolina's Democrat voters are black and that makes him clear favourite.
Meanwhile, in the Republican Nevada contest, Mormon Mitt Romney was victorious. But in a second Republican primary in South Carolina John McCain, a 71-year-old ex-Vietnam prisoner of war, was the winner.
McCain and Romney are now the Republican front runners with rivals Mike Huckabee and Rudi Giuliani trailing badly.