Up nearly 16,000 people in attendance from 2016’s caucus, which saw close to 84,000 people turn out, this year’s numbers toppled almost 100k, according to the Nevada State Democratic Party.
The vast majority of that number, nearly 75,000 people, showed up to participate in in-person early voting. In-person voting was held at several precinct locations around Nevada over a four-day period.
For Saturday’s designated caucus day, around a quarter of the people showed up, about 25,000 in numbers. Many of those in attendance were first-time caucus-goers, according to a spokesperson for the state party.
Caucus’ Big Winners and Losers
As of Monday, roughly 96 percent of precincts have reported the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Sanders, as the projected Democratic winner, earning 6,589 county delegates. This was Biden’s best finish thus far, ending in second place. However, Biden could still win South Carolina, where he’s leading in the poles.
After dazzling in the Democratic debate, Senator Warren failed to continue the momentum at the Nevada caucus as she trailed behind. Klobuchar earned the least amount of country delegates, at 595.
A look at the numbers:
Sanders – 6,589
Biden – 2,872
Buttigieg – 1,960
Warren – 1,381
Steyer – 652
Klobuchar – 595
How Sanders Sweeped Nevada
Sanders victory was backed by three distinct, yet overlapping areas of support: Younger voters, liberal voters, and Hispanic voters. The Nevada Culinary Union also poured out their overwhelming support to the democratic candidate.
Sanders win was important ahead of California and Texas, two states with a significant Latino population.
According to the New York Times:
The polls showed Mr. Sanders winning men and women; whites and Latinos; voters in all but the oldest age group (17-29, 30-44 and 45-64); those with college degrees and those without. He was carrying union households and nonunion households, self-identified liberal Democrats (by a wide margin) and moderate and conservative ones (narrowly).
Caucus Affects Democratic Candidates Betting Odds
Nevada’s favorable win for Sanders has put him further in the lead to win the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.
After the Nevada caucuses, Sanders went from EVEN on Friday to -120, making it the first time the race has been a candidate go below plus odds. While Sanders has a good showing in Nevada and is slated to have a strong showing in South Carolina this week, the landslide victory by Sanders has Biden’s odds up to +1000 from +800.
The following odds are provided by Bovada, as of February 23.
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