Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will wind up eking out a narrow victory over Senator Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, if projections by cable and broadcast news networks are accurate.
With 72.4% reporting, Clinton had 52.3% support, compared to 47.7% for Bernie Sanders. When all is said and done, she will probably have at least one to two more delegates than Sanders. There are only forty-three delegates at stake.
Nevada is the third state to hold a Democratic presidential nominating event in the 2016 cycle, following Iowa and New Hampshire.
Clinton wasted no time declaring victory, sending out texts and tweets thanking her Nevada Democratic supporters and looking forward to the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday (March 1st, 2016).
“The feeling is mutual, Nevada,” Clinton’s campaign tweeted.
“To everyone who turned out in every corner of Nevada with determination and heart: This is your win. Thank you. ‑H,” Clinton tweeted, in a message signed with her first initial to signify that it was written by her.
Staffers also changed the avatar of the campaign’s Twitter account to a graphic professing its gratitude for the outcome.
Team Sanders, meanwhile, emphasized caucus entrance polling that found that 79% of voters believe Bernie “cares about people like me.” The Sanders campaign announced that Bernie had telephoned Hillary to offer his congratulations on his victory, and noted that only a few weeks ago, Clinton was believed to have a big lead in the state.
“I want to thank the people of Nevada for the support they have given us and the boost that their support will give us as we go forward,” Sanders tweeted.
He added, “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.”
“Proud that we brought many working and young people into the political process. We have the wind at our back as we head into Super Tuesday.”
Clinton and Sanders are each set to speak shortly, addressing their supporters.
“This one’s for you… I want to congratulate Senator Sanders on a hard fought race,” a jubilant Clinton said at her Nevada campaign headquarters.
She took pains to stress that she supports holding Wall Street accountable and taking action to arrest and reverse the flood of dark money in our elections.
“We aren’t a single-issue country,” Clinton declared midway through her speech, in what appeared to be a subtle jab at Sanders’ campaign.
“We need more than a plan for the big banks. America needs a raise.” Clinton seemed comfortable and poised on stage, touching on a wide array of policy directions and basking in the glow of victory with her supporters.
“The fight goes on. The future we want is within our grasp!” she declared as she concluded her remarks and was joined onstage by President Bill Clinton.
Sanders, addressing his supporters, also delivered a rendition of his stump speech, assailing big money in politics, income inequality, and socioeconomic injustice.
“I want to thank all of our supporters here in Nevada… I want to thank our staff for the great job that they have done. I am especially proud that we are bringing working people and young people into the political process in a way we have not seen for a very long time,” Sanders said to loud cheers.
“I believe that on Super Tuesday, we have got an excellent chance to win many of those states,” Sanders said, looking past the South Carolina Democratic primary to the next set of nominating contests. As he left the stage, he reiterated that thought, declaring: “It’s on to Super Tuesday! Thank you all very much!”