With 4.2 percent of precincts in the state reporting, Sanders had 44.7 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe had 19.5 percent, while former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg had 15.6 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., had 11.8 percent. Mike Bloomberg, who is surging in national polls but turned in a rocky debate performance in Las Vegas this week, is skipping the first four states and wasn’t on the ballot here.
Sanders took the stage at a raucous rally in San Antonio after multiple networks called the race for him to revel in the victory.
“I’m delighted to bring you some pretty good news,” Sanders said, unleashing chants of “Bernie” from the crowd. “We won the popular vote in Iowa, we won the New Hampshire primary, and according to three networks and the AP we have now won the Nevada caucus.”
“We have put together a multi-generational, multi-racial coalition, which is not only going to win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country,” he added.
“Based on what I have seen in Texas … don’t tell anybody, I don’t want to get them nervous, we are going to win the Democratic primary in Texas,” he predicted.
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Entrance poll data showed that Sanders overwhelmed his rivals among the state’s youngest caucusgoers, capturing the votes of two-thirds of those aged 17 to 29. The Vermont senator was also the clear favorite of Latino Democrats, winning about half of their votes. And as in previous contests, Sanders is garnering wide support from voters describing themselves as “very liberal.”
Roughly half of these caucusgoers named him their first choice, and he also won half the votes of participants who favor replacing private insurance with a single government plan.
Sanders also performed well with African American voters. Entrance poll results showed Sanders with 27 percent of the black vote, trailing only Joe Biden, who got 36 percent. African American voters made up about 1 in 10 participants at the Nevada caucuses.
Ahead of the caucuses, the state’s culinary union — one of the most influential unions in the hospitality-industry-heavy state — appeared to come out against the candidate with a flyer proclaiming that his “Medicare for All” plan would “end Culinary health care.” Despite that, more than half of Nevada caucusgoers said they supported Sanders’ signature “Medicare for All” proposal, according to results from the NBC News Entrance Poll.
Sanders also led among voters who said they preferred a nominee who could beat Trump, with 23 percent — ahead of Biden’s 19 percent and Buttigieg’s 18 percent, the entrance poll showed.
And he led among voters who said they decided in the last few days, winning 24 percent of them. Buttigieg was next at 18 percent, and Warren had 17 percent despite her fiery and widely praised debate performance on Wednesday. Biden was next with 15 percent.
Buttigieg, addressing his supporters in Las Vegas after multiple outlets called the race for Sanders, took sharp aim at his competitor, slamming the Vermont lawmaker for his health care proposal and suggesting he can’t beat Trump.
“We are moving on from the ‘Battle Born State’ with a battle on our hands,” he said. “But before we rush to nominate Senator Sanders … let’s take a sober look at what is at stake. For our party, our values.”
Citing “Medicare for All,” Buttigieg slammed Sanders as someone who “believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats.”
“And most Americans,” he said.
Biden, for his part, addressed supporters in Las Vegas as results came in, telling them that, “Now we’re going on to South Carolina and win and we’re going to take this back.”
Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates. Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!
Despite fears of repeated chaos — Nevada’s new early-voting system, high turnout and a never-before-used digital tool were among the factors that could have caused complications with the count — the results reporting appeared to go mostly as planned, even if it did go more slowly than in past years.
According to vote count observers for the National Election Pool, a consortium of news organizations, there were a handful of precincts where confusion about the counting rules and or incorporating the early vote was delaying the reporting of results. The observers reported these problems in at least six of the sixty-three locations where they are collecting votes.
The Democratic National Committee dispatched some three dozen staffers to the state to help with everything from volunteer recruitment to technical assistance, while another team in Washington was set to assist with data processing. And DNC Chairman Tom Perez, who stayed away from Iowa on caucus day, has been on the ground here Saturday.
Trump, meanwhile, was officially awarded all of the state Republican party’s 25 delegates.
The state party had already canceled its caucuses, and voted by acclimation on Saturday to give Trump all of the delegates, executive director Will Sexauer told The Associated Press.
The Nevada numbers give Trump 86 of the 87 Republican delegates awarded to date. Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld won one delegate in Iowa.