Progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders claimed a decisive victory Saturday within the Nevada caucuses, solidifying his front-runner status within the race to settle on the Democratic nominee who faces President Donald Trump in November’s election.
Bernie Sanders was comfortably ahead with some 10 percent of the vote reported, and his win may be a substantial accomplishment during a state seen as a crucial bellwether because it’s the primary diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race.
NBC News reported that the 78-year-old senator from Vermont was leading with 44.7 percent of the vote, followed by former vice chairman Joe Biden at 19.5 percent.
South Bend, Indiana’s former mayor Pete Buttigieg stood at 15.6 percent, while progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren was at 11.8 percent and Senator Amy Klobuchar well back at 4.3 percent.
“We won the favored choose Iowa, we won the New Hampshire primary, and consistent with three networks and therefore the AP, we’ve now won the Nevada caucus,” Sanders told a raucous rally, which responded with chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”
“In Nevada we’ve just put together a multi-generational, multi-racial coalition, which isn’t only getting to win in Nevada, it’s getting to sweep this country.”
Bernie Sanders was speaking in El Paso , Texas, one among the 14 states that votes on “Super Tuesday” on March 3, when he hopes his progressive policies including universal health care and raising the wage will strike a chord with many Americans.
Some of Sanders’s rivals, just like the moderate Buttigieg, already congratulated him on his Nevada victory. But the 38-year-old military veteran offered a stern warning against picking a self-described democratic socialist who sees “capitalism because the root of all evil” rising against the populist Trump.
“Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, to not mention most Americans,” Buttigieg said in an address that took on a surprisingly coarse tone.
With Sanders coming in virtually tied for first within the debut contest in Iowa then winning New Hampshire last week, he’s within the driver’s seat against his seven rivals because the race turns toward South Carolina then Super Tuesday.
President Trump offered a congratulations of sorts to Sanders.
“Looks like hell Bernie is doing well within the Great State of Nevada,” President Trump tweeted, maligning other candidates before adding, “Congratulations Bernie, & don’t allow them to take it faraway from you!”
With the race soon taking over a national dynamic, several candidates like Klobuchar, Warren or congressman Tulsi Gabbard are going to be struggling to make a decision whether or not they stick it out past Nevada or South Carolina, or contribute the towel.
The centrist Biden, wanting to right an inventory ship after miserable showings within the first two states, told supporters he feels “really good” about his Nevada finish and should not be counted out.
“We’re alive and we’re returning ,” the onetime frontrunner insisted. “We’re happening to South Carolina to win then we’re getting to take this back!”
South Carolina features a majority black Democratic electorate, and Biden leads polling there, riding his popularity among African Americans due partially to his eight years as popular president Barack Obama’s deputy.
Bernie Sanders leads national polls with a mean of 28 percent support.
That is 11 points before Biden and 13 points before billionaire media tycoon Michael Bloomberg, the previous mayor of latest York who skipped campaigning within the four early states so as to specialise in Super Tuesday.
Recently, Sanders has been largely unchecked by opponents who have focused more on blunting the advance of Bloomberg, who has poured a staggering $438 million of his personal fortune, an all-time record, into campaign advertising.
In Las Vegas , caucuses were held in several of the city’s world-famous casinos and hotels.
Unlike during a primary, where voting is by vote , caucus goers vote publicly by standing with fellow supporters of their chosen candidate.
Keen to avoid the drawn-out embarrassment of the Iowa caucus, which relied on flawed technology to relay results, Nevada officials pivoted to a “very, very low-tech” system, said Jon Summers, a senior advisor to the state Democratic Party .
The system involves phoning in results to hotlines and backing them up with photographs of paper count sheets.
The vote tabulation has been considerably slower than four years ago, due largely to new rules which require caucuses to report several sets of knowledge .
But Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez told reporters that while the goal was to possess results by Saturday night, the more important objective was “to catch on right.”