Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses held today, cementing his frontrunner status. The socialist Sanders won by virtue of his massive support among Latinos and amid controversy surrounding his battle with a major Nevada workers union.
Battling for second place are former vice president Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. Trailing far behind are billionaire Tom Steyer, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard. Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose campaign has been surging lately, was not contesting in the state.
Sanders was widely expected to win the Nevada caucuses and be awarded a larger share of the state’s 36 delegates than the other candidates. No other candidate has yet met the threshold to be awarded any delegates, while Sanders has secured at least 13 delegates.
The caucuses went smoothly overall, even with reports of a lack of staff at some polling sites had people worried of a repeat of the Iowa debacle.