Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday in her much fought for victory against Bernie Sanders. In the past week, Clinton changed her campaign schedule and spent much of her week in the state assisted by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
As of Saturday afternoon, 64.9 percent of the precincts reported Clinton had 52.2 percent of the vote, with Sanders at 47.8 percent. The Associated Press called the results shortly after 2:20 pm local time. This was a neck –to –neck race all week according to early polls after her 25 point lead dwindled to single digits.
The Clinton campaign changed strategy and sent Bill Clinton to South Florida and South Carolina to stump for Hillary where he applied his charm and engaged the voters. He appeared yesterday afternoon in Reno, Nevada, where 11 percent of the state’s population lives and is strongly “green” for the planet. Former President Bill Clinton spoke to voters and campaign helpers to boost Hillary’s stand on the environmental issues and her plan for the Millennials.
Strategy for Clinton was to gain votes in states with a broader base of minorities. Hillary Clinton clearly won the vote from women and African American voters, but fell short of the Latino vote. The NBC exit poll data showed she had actually lost the vote of the state’s key demographic of Latino voters. Sanders gained 54 percent of the Latino vote, according to the sample data from exit polls, compared to Clinton’s 43 percent.
The state of Nevada is half white with 9 percent African American, 28 percent Latino and 9 percent Asian. She chose to open an office in Nevada last spring, so she could unveil her plan to reform the nation’s immigration system, which opens a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and shields them from deportation. Secretary Clinton visited the state several times to hold dozens of town hall meetings and attended organized events across the state.
Clinton gave her victory speech at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas:
“Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other,” she said. “And this one’s for you.”
Bernie Sanders sent out this email to press and followers after 3:00 pm local time:
“The final results are in from Nevada and it looks like we’re going to leave another state with roughly the same number of delegates as Hillary Clinton, maybe down just a few.
I want to be completely clear with you about what this result means: Nevada was supposed to be a state “tailor made” for the Clinton campaign, and a place she once led by almost 40 points. But today, we sent a message that will stun the political and financial establishment of this country: our campaign can win anywhere.
There are 26 primaries and caucuses in the next month, and three straight positive results for our campaign are sure to prompt an over-the-top response from the millionaires and billionaires who are funding our opponent and her many super PACs.
We have to be prepared for their best shot, because it’s coming.”
Nevada sends Clinton onto South Carolina, where she has a comfortable lead in recent polls of 20 percent and a stronger backing from African Americans versus the Latino voters.
Sanders next stop on his campaign road is to build relationship support from African American leaders and voters in the south. The strong support of the enthusiastic young voters have flocked to his support based upon tuition-free college, freedom from crippling Wall Street and changes in tax structure.
Clinton picked up 19 delegates in Nevada; Sanders 14 delegates. Clinton picked up a delegate in a tie precinct in Pahrump, Nev., so they drew cards from a deck after removing the joker. Clinton’s precinct captain won a card draw against Bernie Sanders when she pulled an Ace from the deck versus Sanders’ six of hearts.
Sanders message leaving Nevada is, “We’re closing the gap dramatically in states that have yet to vote, and there’s a path to victory for our political revolution. If we continue to stand together, we’ll continue to win.”
Hillary Clinton is leaving for Texas tonight where the event is a “Get Out the Vote Rally” intended to encourage Texans to vote in their March 1 primary. Sanders will be in South Carolina next.