Bernie Sanders Wins the Nevada Caucuses

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on Yemen resolution on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses and is on pace to win the most delegates, giving the Vermont senator more ammunition to argue he’s the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic nomination fight.

Sanders on Saturday was winning about 45% of caucus support in early results, per calls by NBC News and Fox News. That provides a critical boost to his bid heading into the South Carolina primary in less than a week and a slew of contests days after on Super Tuesday, March 3.

No 2020 Democratic rival of Sanders came close in early voting, with former Vice President Joe Biden faring a distant second with just under 19%. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg battled for third place, with billionaire Tom Steyer, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar further back in the single digits.

But it was a closer fight for delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which will be in Milwaukee on July 13-16. With 10% of precincts reporting, Sanders led with 29.3% of delegates. Warren was second at 18.7%. Biden and Buttigieg were tied for third at 17.3% each.

Nevada will send 36 delegates to the summer convention, with a total of 1,991 delegates pledged to a candidate needed to win on the first round of voting.

“In Nevada, we have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition that is not only going to win in New Hampshire, it’s going to sweep this country,” Sanders said at a campaign rally in Texas, which holds its primary on March 3. “Our volunteers are prepared to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors, and no campaign has a grassroots movement like we do.”

Sanders, 78, then took aim at President Trump, who he hopes to face in the fall.

“The American people are sick and tired of a president who lies all the time. They’re sick and tired of a corrupt administration. They’re sick and tired of a president who is undermining American democracy, who thinks he is above the law, and apparently has never read the Constitution.”

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Source: Washington Examiner