Hillary Clinton appears to have won the state's Democratic caucus. After routing Clinton in New Hampshire and finishing a strong second in Iowa, states with nearly all-white populations, Sanders had hoped to prove in Nevada that he could win over black and Hispanic voters and compete nationally as the race moves to states with more diverse populations.
As The Fix's Philip Bump breaks down, Clinton did better than her opponent, Sen. "I am very proud of the campaign we ran", he said.
Clinton's victory speech from Las Vegas was a far different tone from her address in New Hampshire on Feb. 8. But among the quarter of voters who say they're most interested in a candidate who's "honest and trustworthy", more than eight-in-ten said Sanders was their choice for the caucus.
Clinton promised in her victory speech Saturday to "listen to the voices of Flint and Ferguson". The multiple March 1st contests are expected to keep the Sanders and Clinton campaigns cris-crossing the country coast to coast. Bernie Sanders, who has now lost two of the first three contested states.
In South Carolina, the 69-year-old Trump captured about a third of the votes, with all of the precincts reporting. In Las Vegas, the state's most populated city, several caucus goers included casino hotel workers who were forced to balance their work schedule and voting efforts.
Hillary Clinton isn't buying entrance polls showing that she was a loser at the Nevada Democratic primary - at least among Latino voters.
The African-American vote likely will propel Clinton to victory in South Carolina next week and in the Southern states that will vote soon thereafter. In Saturday's contest, 28 percent of voters said that they or someone in their household belonged to a labor union.
"Five weeks ago, we were 25 points behind in the polls and we have made some real progress", Sanders told his supporters about his standing in Nevada. The strong turnout of eighty thousand Nevadans bodes well for Democrats in November, and I congratulate both of our candidates for running strong campaigns, as well as Hillary Clinton, for her victory.
Clinton tweeted out a big thanks to her supporters following the results.