Nevada will give voters a lot to consider about the future Democratic nominee on Saturday’s Nevada Democratic caucus. There are 35 delegates at stake of which 8 are super delegates. Three of those super delegates are pledged to Clinton and one to Sanders.
Unless a voter changes their registered voter party affiliation by February 20, the day of the caucus, you must vote your party. It is a closed caucus. There is much at stake for Clinton and Sanders in the Nevada vote.
Ed Kilgore, political strategist New York Times, stated in USA TODAY’S 2016 Presidential Poll Tracker, “If Clinton wins, “we’re back to the situation where she’s very likely to win South Carolina and most of the states that vote on March 1 – in no small part because of her strength among African Americans, which has slipped a small bit but is still pretty impressive.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has focused heavily on the minority vote this past week from her lunch on Monday in NYC with black and white leaders in Harlem where she gave a very passionate speech at lunch, then, her appearance on Wednesday in Chicago and hand shaking Thursday and Friday with the Latino community which was 15 percent of the state in 2008 campaign year and likely higher in 2016.
Both Clinton and Sanders need to look to the voters in the minority, the Las Vegas area and the rural area. Each has their different issues.
The Latino population is now 28 percent of the total population in Las Vegas. Leo Murrieta, the Democratic political consultant and Latino activist in Las Vegas, supports Clinton. From the state’s voters of 74 percent residing in Las Vegas, 48.5 percent are non-white. This minority group and women are integral to a Clinton win.
The Reno area with Lake Tahoe represents 16 percent of the state’s voters and is strongly environmental in focus. When Sanders was asked on Thursday night MSNBC debate how he would protect Mother Earth he responded, “I believe that climate change is one of the great challenges facing this planet,” and added, “We will not extract fossil fuels from any public lands.”
There are support rally meetings on Friday and Saturday for Sanders in Reno which will include 6 p.m. Women for Bernie with Susan Sarandon at 1864 Tavern, and 6 p.m. Happy for Bernie Hour with Live Music and Dick Van Dyke at The Jungle in Reno.
Saturday will find Sanders in Henderson and Las Vegas with his supporters and campaign team. They will work through the day of the vote, as will the Clinton campaign.
Bill Clinton stumped in Reno late Friday afternoon at the Hillary Clinton campaign office and spoke about Hillary’s support for the environment with her environment and solar plans, student debt solution and stated, “Her (plan) is light years better for the millennial generation.”
During the MSNBC Thursday night debate with Clinton, Sanders expressed strong empathy for minorities:
“People can disagree about immigration and immigration reform,” he said. “But it is absolutely unacceptable to me that in the year 2016 we have people like Donald Trump and others trying to gain votes by scapegoating people who may be Muslims or people who may be Latinos.”
Because Las Vegas is a 24 hour a day community and many residents live in a gated community, the Clinton campaign is utilizing TV ads to get out their message, too.
Speaking from the Reno Clinton campaign office, Bill Clinton summarized Nevada and its outcome, “Look, this whole election may come down to whether you can get everybody in this part of Nevada committed to her already to caucus and whether you can still turn some people.”