Who won Nevada Democratic caucus? Is Bernie Sanders still a threat to Hillary Clinton?
Update: A win for Hillary Clinton in Nevada, though not huge as she was expecting. Se. Bernie Sanders has conceded and loss. In a statement he said, “I am very proud of the campaign we ran. Five weeks ago we were 25 points behind and we ended up in a very close election. And we probably will leave Nevada with a solid share of the delegates,” he said. “I am also proud of the fact that we have brought many working people and young people into the political process and believe that we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday. I want to thank the people of Nevada for their support that they have given us and the boost that their support will give us as we go forward.”
Update: Almost every news outlet is reporting a Clinton win here in Nevada. Washington Post report has this to say, “With more two-thirds of precincts reporting, Clinton held a four-point lead over Sanders — a margin more decisive than her razor-thin Iowa win but much closer than the Clinton campaign had anticipated as recently as a month ago, when it touted polls showing the former secretary of state with a 25-point lead. The Associated Press projected that she would win Saturdayâ€™s contest”
Nevada Democratic caucus is attracting lots of attention across the country and beyond. Democrats are all set to start voting in the crucial state. It must be kept in mind that Nevada is the first Western state in United States to actually hold a Democratic presidential nomination fight.
And the whole nation seems to be awaiting its outcome. There is no denying the fact that both the candidates are running neck and neck and predicting a winner beforehand is well-nigh impossible.
While Hillary Clinton may be frontrunner as far as national scenario is concerned, here the fight is going to be tough as Bernie Sanders has seen his stock rise to the discomfort of Democratic establishment.
It must be kept in mind that Clinton is counting on strong support from minorities, particularly Hispanics, who make up 27.8 percent of the population, according to the 2014 census. Her support from the Hispanic community was strong in the state in2008 but does she keep her hold on the demographic this time around?
She has good equation with the minorities who believe that they can trust her. Eric Herzik, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada-Reno says, â€œThatâ€™s the big question: How high will the Latino percentage will be?…She needs them.â€ In addition to her mass appeals to the Hispanic community, Clinton has also been focused on turning out African Americans, with Sen. Cory Booker, (D-N.J.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) campaigning in the Silver State for her. If she can get these two key voting blocs to turn out for her, she wins.
As far as Clinton is concerned, in her first run for the White House in 2008, she won the popular vote in the Silver State over then Sen. Barack Obama. So, could it be dÃ©jÃ vu all over again for Clinton? After a defeat in New Hampshire, itâ€™s in Clintonâ€™s best interest to put a stop to the “Bern-mentum.” Clintonâ€™s campaign manager, Robby Mook, acknowledged recently that they had expected the polls in Nevada to â€œtightenâ€ but emphasized, â€œwe believe Hillary is in a strong position to win.â€
Vermont Senator has made strides here in Nevada is recent weeks. Given the Clinton campaignâ€™s early start on the ground in Nevada, a victory for Sanders on Saturday would be hard for his rivalâ€™s campaign to spin. Speaking at campaign event in the state recently, Sanders reflected on how far his campaign has come. â€œWe were 30 or 40 points down here in Nevada and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s going to end up that way on Saturday,â€ Sanders said earlier this week.
When it comes to the timing,Â Nevada caucuses get underway at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, 2 p.m. Eastern, and are expected to run until sometime in the afternoon, local time. But there is no pre-determined â€œclosing timeâ€ for the caucuses.Â To get live, constantly updated raw results from the South Carolina primary without commentary or video, go to the Washington Post at this link, or Politico at this link. The Post also features Nevada caucus results at this page.