2020 Nevada Caucus - History

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Nevada Dems hope to avoid caucus chaos: Here's how the process is supposed to work

Nevada Democrats ditch Google form to report results and will instead relay vote totals through phone calls and text messages Jacqui Heinrich reports from Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada caucuses will be under nationwide scrutiny as Democrats in the Silver State head to caucus precincts on Saturday to weigh in on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In the wake of the reporting debacle three weeks ago at the Iowa caucuses due to a technical glitch, Nevada Democrats scrambled to avoid a repeat -- quickly dropping an app made by the same developer that created the one used in Iowa.

Further, Nevada Democrats made a last-minute move on the eve of the caucuses to drop the use of a Google application to transmit the results from the precincts to party officials.

The Democratic National Committee’s been in Nevada all week to assist the state party in training volunteers on calculating and reporting the results. DNC Chairman Tom Perez cautioned earlier this week that results may not be released by the end of Saturday. But the state party insists they’ll report results on caucus day.

The Nevada Democratic Party holds a caucus training session for precinct volunteers, at Silverado High School in Las Vegas on Feb. 21, 2020

Some of the candidates are expressing concerns.

Speaking to reporters on Friday while campaigning in Las Vegas, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said, “I think everyone is concerned, and wants to see things go well tomorrow. And I very much hope that there aren't any technical glitches, that everyone can get out and caucus and get their caucus votes counted.”

As with Iowa, the caucuses in Nevada are run by the state parties – which is very different than last week’s primary election in New Hampshire, which is administered by the state.

Who can vote

All registered Nevada voters can take part in the caucuses. A voter must be at least 18 years by the time of the Nov. 3 general election to vote.

The state party does require that everyone who caucuses be a registered Democrat. But voters can register at their local precincts before entering the caucus room.

How it works

The caucus precinct doors open at 10 a.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), and caucusing gets underway at noon local time (3 p.m. ET).

Similar to Iowa, voters will group with fellow supporters of a particular candidate. After the first vote is taken, supporters of candidates who failed to reach the 15 percent threshold at a particular precinct can then support a candidate who does remain viable. Or they leave and stay uncommitted. After this realignment takes place, a second vote is taken.

As with Iowa, Nevada will for the first time report the raw vote totals from the first vote as well as the raw vote totals from the realignment. But unlike Iowa, there are no "state delegate equivalent" percentages. That said, there may be estimates of percentages of convention delegates won by the candidates.

Nevada has 36 delegates up for grabs in a process that begins with Saturday’s caucuses. A presidential candidate needs 1,991 delegates to formally win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination at this summer’s convention in Milwaukee, Wis.

Early voting

For the first time, Nevada held early voting, from last Saturday through Tuesday. Roughly 75,000 people cast ballots, which was nearly as many people who took part in the state's entire 2016 Democratic caucuses.

But since this is a caucus, the ballot was far from simple. Voters were given ballots to rank their choice of candidates. The early-voting ballots will be married with those of caucus-goers on Saturday – in both the first round and the realignment.

This has never been done before in Nevada and has some volunteers concerned about how smoothly the process will occur.

At a training session on Friday at Silverado High School in Las Vegas, caucus volunteer Tom Harrison of nearby Henderson told Fox News he showed up because "I'd just like to get as much training as I can because I think the spotlight's going to be a little hot."

Another volunteer, Wendy Linow of Henderson, raised concerns about adding the early votes into the mix, but was confident an Iowa-style meltdown "is not going to happen here."

Reporting the results

The Google Forms app will still be used to count the raw vote totals and delegates won by the candidates -- along with a paper backup. But the party decided on Friday to scrap using the Google Forms app to transmit the data to the party's headquarters.

The caucus precinct chairs will now report the results by dialing a hotline and providing a secret passcode. Then the chairs are required to text a photo of their reporting sheet to Nevada Democratic Party officials -- and finally hand in a physical copy of the reporting sheet.

Game of Chance

How appropriate for Nevada.

In the rare case of a tie between candidates at a caucus precinct site, state party rules dictate that the draw of a card will serve as the tie breaker.

Here’s the rule: When awarding delegates, a presidential preference group with caucus math results of 0.5 and above is rounded up. Similarly, a preference group with results below 0.5 is rounded down. In some precincts on Caucus Day, a normal rounding of the precinct delegate counts will result in more delegates than the precinct is entitled to award. If there are two or more groups that have the same lowest or highest decimal as a result of the caucus math, a game of chance will decide which group(s) lose or gain the delegate(s).

Health Care, Candidates' Values Are Top of Mind in Nevada Caucus

by Dena Bunis, AARP, Updated February 24, 2020 | Comments: 0

Billie Jo and Bob Peters during an AARP Nevada Caucus informational event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

En español | When Bob Peters started his trade show business in 2001, his wife, Billie Jo, wanted to quit her job at a bank and join him in this new adventure. But he has diabetes, and no health insurer would cover his preexisting condition. So, she kept working to keep her husband on her insurance.

Then the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed. “I was able to leave the bank to work with my husband and we were able to get covered,” says Billie Jo, now 54. She and Bob, 56, will be attending their first caucus on Saturday in Nevada and are looking for a candidate who can protect the ACA. “If they get rid of the Affordable Care Act, especially the preexisting condition parts, then we're back to where we were before,” she says.

In election poll after election poll, health care has been the top issue on voters’ minds — especially among older voters — and Nevada is no exception. This weekend, the Silver State will be the third to express its preferences for the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. It's also the most diverse state to participate in the process so far. According to U.S. Census data, Iowa and New Hampshire both are more than 90 percent white, while Nevada's population is nearly 30 percent Hispanic, 10 percent African American and nearly 10 percent Asian.

Nevada’s Voice in Early Voting

Nevada's Democratic Party made some changes to its process this year in an effort to broaden the reach of the caucus, particularly among minority citizens. Voters who can't or don't want to spend a good part of their Saturday caucusing were able to state their preferences during early caucuses that began Feb. 15 and continued through the President's Day weekend, ending on Feb. 18. In Las Vegas, early casino caucus sites were open late into the night to accommodate hotel employees, and there will be voting locations on the Strip on Caucus Day, Feb. 22. More than 70,000 Nevada Democrats went to an early caucus site over the four days — with long lines reported, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In 2016, 84,000 voters caucused during Nevada's one-day event.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders easily won Saturday’s caucus with former Vice President Joe Biden coming in second and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg coming in third. Older voters clearly had a lot to say about the results, with 63 percent of those caucusing being age 45 or older, according to entrance polls reported by the Washington Post.

A new citizen ponders her decision

When Angelica Romero goes to her caucus site on Saturday, it will be the first time she'll be able to exercise her voting power. Romero, who came to the United States from Mexico 27 years ago, just became a U.S. citizen.

"Now I have a voice,” says Romero, 54, who is both excited and nervous about the decision she will soon make. Many issues are swirling around in her head. She's worried about the country's immigration policy, climate change and health care.

Romero has worked as a housekeeper for a casino on the Las Vegas Strip for the past 12 years, and those employees generally have good health coverage on the job. But she remembers when her two children, now in their 20s, were small and she worried about being able to pay for their health care. “Sometimes you have to decide between paying for food and going to the doctor” or paying for insurance, she says. “It's not fair.” She cares about the environment and would like to put solar panels on her house to help preserve the planet, but she can't “because they are too expensive."

Pat Sylvan during an AARP Nevada Caucus informational event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders, waves his hand during a rally in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP

LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders scored a commanding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses, cementing his status as the Democrats’ national front-runner but escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden was a distant second, followed by Pete Buttigieg in third and Elizabeth Warren in fourth, with Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer in a close race for fifth. They all are pledging to stay in the race as the primary moves on to South Carolina this coming Saturday, with the Super Tuesday states voting on March 3.

Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday were the first chance for White House hopefuls to demonstrate appeal to a diverse group of voters in a state far more representative of the country as a whole than Iowa and New Hampshire. Sanders, a 78-year Vermont senator and self-described democratic socialist, won by rallying his fiercely loyal base and tapping into support from Nevada’s large Latino community.

In a show of confidence, Sanders left Nevada on Saturday for Texas, which offers one of the biggest delegate troves in just 10 days on Super Tuesday.

“We are bringing our people together,” he declared. “In Nevada we have just brought together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition which is not only going to win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country.”

Saturday’s win built on Sanders’ victory earlier this month in the New Hampshire primary. He essentially tied for first place in the Iowa caucuses with Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has sought to position himself as an ideological counter to Sanders’ unabashedly progressive politics.

But for all the energy and attention devoted to the first three states, they award only a tiny fraction of the delegates needed to capture the nomination. After South Carolina, the contest becomes national in scope, putting a premium on candidates who have the resources to compete in states as large as California and Texas.

While Sanders’ victory in Nevada encouraged his supporters, it only deepened concern among establishment-minded Democratic leaders who fear he is too extreme to defeat Trump. Sanders for decades has been calling for transformative policies to address inequities in politics and the economy, none bigger than his signature “Medicare for All” health care plan that would replace the private insurance system with a government-run universal program.

Trump gloated on social media, continuing his weeks-long push to sow discord between Sanders and his Democratic rivals.

“Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!”

Buttigieg congratulated Sanders, too, but then launched an aggressive verbal assault on the senator as too divisive.

“Before we rush to nominate Senator Sanders in our one shot to take on this president, let’s take a sober look at what is at stake for our party, for our values and for those with so much to lose,” he said. “Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans.”

For Biden, a second place finish in Nevada could be the lifeline he needed to convince skeptics he still has a path to the nomination as the primary moves to more diverse states. He took aim at Sanders and billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who wasn’t on the Nevada ballot, but has emerged as a threat to Biden in contests that begin next month.

”I ain’t a socialist. I’m not a plutocrat. I’m a Democrat,” Biden declared.

Warren, who desperately needed a spark to revive her stalled bid, ignored Sanders and instead took a shot at Bloomberg’s height as she thanked Nevada “for keeping me in the fight.”

Rallying supporters in Seattle, she said she wanted to talk about “a big threat — not a tall one, but a big one: Michael Bloomberg.”

Also still in the fight: Billionaire Steyer, who spent more than $12 million on Nevada television and Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar, who hoped to prove her strong New Hampshire finish was no fluke.

Klobuchar, campaigning in her home state of Minnesota Saturday night, claimed Nevada success no matter her poor showing.

“As usual I think we have exceeded expectations,” she said.

The first presidential contest in the West tested the candidates’ strength with black and Latino voters for the first time in 2020. Nevada’s population aligns more with the U.S. as a whole, compared with Iowa and New Hampshire: 29% Latino, 10% black and 9% Asian American and Pacific Islander.

Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who dominated the political conversation this week after a poor debate-stage debut, wasn’t on the ballot. He’s betting everything on a series of delegate-rich states that begin voting next month.

The stakes were high for Nevada Democrats to avoid a repeat of the chaos in the still-unresolved Iowa caucuses, and it appeared Saturday’s contest was largely successful.

Unlike state primaries and the November election, which are run by government officials, caucuses are overseen by state parties.

Nevada Democrats sought to minimize problems by creating multiple redundancies in their reporting system, relying on results called in by phone, a paper worksheet filled out by caucus organizers, a photo of that worksheet sent in by text message and electronic results captured with a Google form.

In addition, it appeared Nevada Democrats were able to successfully navigate a complicated process for adding early voting to the caucus process. Nearly 75,000 people cast early ballots over a four-day period, and the party was able to process those in time for Saturday so they could be integrated into the in-person vote.

At the Bellagio casino caucus site, 41-year-old Christian Nielsen, a scuba diver for the Cirque du Soleil show “O,” said he backed Sanders because he believes the country needs a “major change in the White House.”

“We need somebody in the White House who has been on the right side of history for their entire career, somebody who stands with the working class, and will make things more fair for everybody,” Nielsen said.

The Democrats’ 2020 nomination fight shifted beyond Nevada even before the final results were known.

Only Biden, Buttigieg and Steyer were still in the state when news of Sanders’ victory was announced.

Sanders and Klobuchar spent the night in Super Tuesday states, and Buttigieg was headed to a third, Virginia. Warren, who began Saturday in Las Vegas, was to finish the day in Washington state, which hosts its election on March 10 but has already begun offering early voting.

Peoples and Slodysko reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe in Washington, Christina A. Cassidy in Atlanta and Yvonne Gonzalez, Ken Ritter and Nicholas Riccardi in Nevada contributed to this report.

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus and makes Democratic history

Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses by an apparent landslide, propelling himself into solid frontrunner status among Democrats and moving his campaign one step closer to taking on Donald Trump in November.

Less than six months after suffering a heart attack in the state as he was campaigning, the 78-year-old senator was forecast a massive win on the back of momentum driven by the support of young people and Latino voters.

Early results showed Mr Sanders with double the number of votes of his nearest rival.

Speaking before cheering supporters in San Antonio, Texas, where he had already moved on to campaign ahead of Super Tuesday, he repeated his criticism that Mr Trump was “a pathological liar running a corrupt administration”.

He vowed his supporters could see real change if they continued to show up in the kind of numbers that had allowed him to make history by winning the popular vote in each three of the states to have voted – a first for the Democratic Party.

“We won the Iowa caucus. We won the New Hampshire primary. Now, we have won the Nevada caucus,” he declared, to roars and cheers.

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Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

Democratic candidates compete on the campaign trail: In pictures

“So let me thank the people of Nevada for their support. In Nevada we have put together a multi-generational, multi-racial coalition that not only swept Nevada, but will sweep the country.”

Votes are still being formally counted but Mr Sanders' lead is so impressive that it is clear he will go on to win the first state in the West to vote.

A fight quickly broke out over second place among Sanders' Democratic rivals.

Former vice president Joe Biden's campaign was quick to insist they had the second highest number of votes, while Pete Buttigieg's team did the same.

Regardless, the result will be a welcome relief to Mr Biden, who has been struggling to keep his campaign going.

In an awkward moment on Saturday night, he went on camera to insist his campaign was 'still alive' but the crew cut him off before he could finish.

“I know we don’t have the final results yet, but I feel really good,” he said. “You put me in a position, you know the press is ready to declare people dead quickly, but we’re alive and we’re coming back and we’re going to win.”


He added: “I think we’re in the position now to move on in a way that we haven’t been until this moment. I think we are going to go, we’re going to win in South Carolina, and then Super Tuesday and we are on our way.”

Buttigieg, having come joint first in Iowa and a close second to Mr Sanders in New Hampshire has been struggling to maintain momentum. He looked set to at least finish ahead of Elizabeth Warren in fourth slot, and Amy Klobuchar in fifth.

Mr Buttigieg, whose campaign has faced repeated questions as to whether its candidate could win the support of people of colour, warned against Mr Sanders’ nomination, even as he issued his congratulations.

“I congratulate senator Sanders on a strong showing today,” Mr Buttigieg said. “But before we rush to nominate senator Sander. Let us take a sober look at what is at stake.”

He added: “We can prioritise either ideological purity or inclusive victory. We can either call people names online or we can call them into our movement.”

Elizabeth Warren, who enjoyed a popularity bounce on the back of a strong debate peformance, didn't look close to breaking into the top two spots. On Saturday night she took her campaign to Seattle where she congratulated Bernie on his win.

“The race has been called. Bernie has won, congratulations Bernie,” she said, before insisting her fanbase is growing 'everywhere'.

Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg's campaign team was also keen to reiterate concerns of Sanders becoming the nominee, and blamed the 'fragmented field' for Mr Sanders' success.

"This is a candidate who just declared war on the so-called “Democratic Establishment. We are going to need Independents AND Republicans to defeat Trump – attacking your own party is no way to get started. As Mike says, if we choose a candidate who appeals to a small base – like Senator Sanders – it will be a fatal error."

Nevada, which has a Latino population of around 30 per cent, is seen a major test of candidates ability to win over voters of colour. Next week, South Carolina, with its large African American population, hold its primary.

One of the little told stories of the 2020 race has been the way Mr Sanders has built support among people of colour over the last four years. That has particularly been true among Latino voters.

In Nevada he had a huge ground operation, with up to 250 paid members of staff, along with countless volunteers.

The Vermont senator said in recent months, his campaign in Nevada had knocked on 500,000 doors, no small feat in a state with a population of 3 million.

Democratic Party officials in the state also no doubt sighed a huge sigh of relief after the poll went off without a hitch, a marked contrast to the voting debacle three weeks ago in Iowa.

Despite Mr Sanders’ success, he remains some way from being able to feel comfortable that he is going to secure the nomination. On March 3, so-called Super Tuesday, more than 12 states hold their primaries. That will be the first indication of how much genuine support Michael Bloomberg has been able to secure with his non-traditional campaign, on which he has already spent $400m of his own money on political advertising.

Of those to offer congratulations, of a kind, was Mr Trump.

“Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates,” he tweeted. “Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!”

Additional reporting by agencies

Editorial: Caucuses might survive

Iowa’s pole position in the presidential nomination might be preserved despite a move by Nevada to go first. The Nevada governor signed a law that puts it first in the process ahead of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — long the desire of retired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. After Iowa was beset by technical issues in reporting 2020 caucus results, a hue and cry went up that this unrepresentative state (too rural, too White, too evangelical, too inaccessible, too liberal, too cold) should be set back. It looked like our half century of primacy was kaput.

Most of the clamor for a different lead dog has come from the Democratic side and from the political media. The action in the next presidential cycle will be on the Republican side, presumably. Already, GOP hopefuls like Tom Cotton, Kristi Noem, Mike Pence and Nikki Haley are filling in their Iowa dates. Donald Trump certainly has no problems with Iowa going first. It appears that Republicans believe the existing calendar will hold.

Meantime, Politico reports that while the governor was signing the bill last week both political parties in Nevada are exhibiting deep fissures. A huge fight broke out between Reno Democrats and the state committee over the midterm elections, raising eyebrows with the Democratic National Committee. The Republican Party is equally divided. Although more diverse with major urban centers that Iowa and New Hampshire lack, Nevada also uses the much-criticized caucus system. It also had technical problems in the last cycle because the technology for Iowa and Nevada was prescribed by the Democratic National Committee.

The Iowa-New Hampshire-Nevada-South Carolina order worked as it should. Iowa pared the field from 25 to single digits. New Hampshire whittled it down to about four. Bernie Sanders made his last stand in Nevada, and Joe Biden cleared the field in South Carolina leading into Super Tuesday. Jaime Harrison, the new Democratic National Committee chair from South Carolina, has to love the way it turned the Palmetto State into the kingmaker — and gave Blacks a defining voice in the selection.

The main noise about Iowa going first is coming from Harry Reid, which will get echoed by the cable news media that hate having to live in Des Moines in January.

Despite its Whiteness, Iowa vaulted Barack Obama into the White House. It can give a guy like Pete Buttigieg a hearing that he would get nowhere else. The caucus can be refined to make it nearly like primary voting to address the accessibility issues (Republicans have a simpler system than Iowa Democrats). We hold to the quaint notion that a town hall meeting to open the political cycle is a good way to debate the candidates. The caucuses were never intended to be conclusive. They always were about trimming the field while watching for a dark horse who needs to be heard — like Obama. Mike Huckabee, a little-known governor from Arkansas, was able to break through in Iowa and get heard. That doesn’t happen in Nevada or California with their expensive media markets.

At this point, Republicans are behaving as if Iowa will go first. The state parties are, as always, united on this issue. The Democratic National Committee, with nothing at stake so far, can kick the can down the road. Joe Biden did not run that well in Iowa, but he gains nothing by favoring Nevada. We might remain the sensible place to start.

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A Bernie Sanders supporter at University of Nevada, Reno.

Updated 5:37 a.m. Feb. 27

Senator Bernie Sanders won the Nevada Democratic Caucus.

The win in Nevada cemented the senator's front-runner status. Next stop for the candidates is South Carolina on Saturday and then on to Super Tuesday.

While the candidates have moved on to the next stop on the campaign trail, third-place finisher Pete Buttigieg is questioning the results.

The Buttigieg campaign is asking the Nevada Democratic Party to release more details about problems allocating votes in last Saturday's caucus.

In a letter sent to the Nevada State Democratic Party late Saturday night and provided to The Associated Press on Sunday, the Buttigieg campaign said the process of integrating four days of early voting into in-person caucuses held Saturday was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies.”

The party said it would not release more details and suggested the Buttigieg campaign could ask for a recount if it wanted.

The caucus came after more than 70,000 people voted early. It is the first time the party has used early voting.

Besides a few minor hiccups, including iPads that didn't send the information to the correct precincts, the caucus went off without any of the headaches that plagued the Iowa caucuses.

Support comes from

Chris Guinchigliani, former state assemblywoman and Clark County commission, worked on the caucus. She said things went well and she supports the caucus system, which some people believe should be abandoned altogether.

Final Alignment - Presidential Caucus

2,097 of 2,097 precincts - 100%

Sanders41,07546.8Biden19, 17920.2

Source: The Associated Press - as of 5:37 a.m. pacific time Feb. 24.

Abeline Sabrina shows her support for Sen. Bernie Sanders at the caucus held at the Bellagio hotel-casino/Courtesy: Chris Sieroty

"And I don’t see Bernie as being as direct and honest and secure in what he’s gonna be able to do in getting support from both sides of the aisle. I feel as though he has great ideas. Actually fleshing them out and being able to get the support and get them enacted within a four-year term is going to be pretty difficult. But I’ll vote for him. Because anything…" she said.

Candice Hensen (left) waits for the caucus to begin in Precinct 5350 at John C Fremont Middle School in Las Vegas, NV

Caucus goers tally votes for the second alignment at North Valleys High School in Reno/Courtesy: Bert Johnson

Bernie Sanders supporters walk by the line at the John C. Fremont Middle School Nevada caucus location in Downtown Las Vegas/Courtesy: Chris Smith

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV., was at the caucus site at the Bellagio hotel-casino today.

She told KNPR News that she believes the party can rally around a nominee when one is chosen.

"Democrats are fighting for things right. They are fighting for our families. They are fighting for access to health care … reasonable health care that they can afford. Access to prescription drugs that they can afford," she said, "Coverage for pre-existing conditions. That’s what Democrats are fighting for. What we see with the Republicans is that they want to take it all away. This administration right now is in court trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and take away coverage for pre-existing conditions. So there is a stark distinction between what the Democrats are doing and fighting for our families and what Republicans are doing to harm our families."

The final delegate count at the Bellagio caucus site was Sanders 32 and Biden 19 with two uncommitted.

Tom Steyer at the Bellagio hotel-casino/Courtsey: Chris Sieroty

At Cimarron-Memorial High School near Summerlin, Donna Gray-McBride was torn among three to vote-getters.

"I’m still stuck between three people: Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders," she said, "Based on the top 2, which are Joe and Bernie, I kinda know more about one more than the other. [I have] a little more history with Joe Biden than I do with Bernie. Name recognition does go further than people just coming onto the scene."

Gray-McBride said she wasn't swayed by this week's debate. She didn't think the debate was very good.

In the end, Precinct 3752, which caucused at Cimarron-Memorial had three for Biden, four for Warren and nine for Sanders. Precinct 3747, which also caucused at the high school, had two for Buttigieg, three for Biden and three for Sanders.

Final delegate counts at Cimarron-Memorial High School Precinct 3752/Courtsey: Mike Prevatt

Precinct 3747 at Cimarron-Memorial High School where Warren, Klobuchar and Steyer were not viable during the first alignment so their supporters debated strategies and candidate strengths/Courtesy: Mike Prevatt

Elizabeth Warren supporter at University of Nevada,Reno/Courtesy: Andrew Nixon

Nevada Democratic Caucus at University of Nevada, Reno/Courtesy: Andrew Nixon

Voters gather round the Precinct 5047 Captain as he gives instructions on the process of the alignment process. John C Fremont Middle School, Las Vegas, NV

Levi Kamolnick stands in line to enter the John C Fremont Middle School caucus location, adorned with 2 Cent “mickey ears” in reference to Senator Warren’s proposed 2 Cent Tax.

Hugh Jackson, editor, Nevada current Chris Giunchigliani, former member, State Assembly and Clark County Commission Warren Hardy, former member, State Senate John L. Smith, Nevada Public Radio contributor, Jose Melendrez , executive director of community partnerships, UNLV Will Pregman , director of communications, Battle Born Progress Erika Castro, organizing manager, PLAN Christian Bato , volunteer, AAPI

Una Guía: Cómo Participar En El Caucus De Nevada

Health care was a top issue for many voters in the Democratic primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. As the Nevada caucus is quickly approaching, KUNR’s Anh Gray talked with John Packham, a state health policy expert, to break down how the national debate might shape issues of affordability and access in the state.

2020 Nevada Caucus - History

The Nevada Democratic Party holds its caucuses Saturday. This was preceded, for the first time, by an early voting period that saw nearly as much voter participation as the entire caucus count in 2016.

Saturday's caucuses begin at noon local time (3:00 PM ET). Results will follow - at some point. The Party plans to have results out today, and hopes to avoid the issues that caused extensive delays in Iowa. However, this is structurally a similar event, so we'll have to see how it plays out. For its part, the State wants to make clear that it's not on them if there are problems.

As in Iowa, there will be three sets of numbers released. Live results will appear below.

Round One - First Alignment: This will be the initial preference of caucusgoers across the state. The percentage results here should be somewhat consistent with the statewide polling that has preceded the caucus (if that proves accurate - there hasn't been a lot of polling here). In the final average, Bernie Sanders had a sizable lead at 30% support, with Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren in the mid-teens.

Round 2 - Final Alignment: Candidates that don't receive 15% in Round 1 are considered nonviable. However, this threshold is determined at each individual precinct . 1 1 For example, a candidate receiving 18% statewide in Round 1 may not be viable in all precincts. On the other hand, a candidate at 10% may be viable in some. In Round 2, caucusgoers who have supported a nonviable candidate at their location will have the option to move to a viable candidate 2 2 Caucusgoers associated with a viable candidate in Round 1 are locked in. This is a change from prior cycles. or join forces with supporters of another nonviable candidate in an attempt to get one of them across the threshold.

Once this is complete, there will be a redistribution of votes cast early associated with nonviable candidates. The early vote ballot allowed for up to five candidates to be selected, in order of preference. Should an early voter's first choice not be viable, their vote will be cast for the highest-ranking viable candidate. Note that the number of early voting locations was much smaller than on caucus day. Those voting early could do so at any location in their county. These early ballots will be associated with the voter's home precinct on caucus day.

County Convention Delegates: The final results are translated into county convention delegates. The person with the most of these is considered the winner.

Pledged Delegates: There are 36 pledged delegates to the national convention that are awarded proportionately based on the county convention delegates - for the most part. As is the case in other states, a predetermined number of Nevada's delegates convention are awarded based on the statewide vote, with some awarded based on the vote in each congressional district. Depending on how the results break across the individual districts, there could be a situation where these two results don't perfectly align. 3 3 This outcome happened in the 2008 Nevada caucuses, where Hillary Clinton won the statewide vote by over 5 points, but Barack Obama ended up with a 13-12 margin in delegates.

Republican Caucus: There will be no caucuses on the GOP side they were cancelled by the state party. The 25 delegates will presumably be awarded to President Trump.

Results: The Most Detailed Map of the Nevada Democratic Caucus

See caucus precinct results from the Nevada Democratic Party. These are the most detailed votes available for the third 2020 presidential election contest.

The Nevada Democratic party is reporting three vote tallies for the 2020 caucus. See a detailed explanation below.

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Sources: Caucus results from The Associated Press and the Nevada Democratic Party, and demographic data from United States Census Bureau. Precinct boundaries from the Voting and Election Science Team. Precincts in a city are determined by census urban area data. The Nevada Democratic party is reporting three vote tallies for the 2020 caucus: first alignment votes, final alignment votes and county convention delegates. The first alignment shows the initial preferences of caucusgoers in a precinct, and there's a 15 percent threshold for a candidate to move on to the final vote. Candidates must receive 15 percent of the final alignment vote to earn any of a precinct's county convention delegates, which will determine the number of pledged delegates awarded to each candidate.

Watch the video: Preview of the 2020 Nevada Caucuses (August 2022).