A record number of Democrats were expected to have attended the Nevada caucuses, in part because of population growth in the state and also the party's decision to allow residents to vote early this year for the first time.
The caucuses in the Silver State went smoothly for the most part, in stark contrast with their counterparts in Iowa, which still has not declared an official victor in the midst of a recanvass.
Good morning and welcome to the Guardian's liveblog as voters in Nevada cast their vote in America's "first-in-the-west" and third contest of the 2020 election.
His fourth-place finish in Iowa and fifth-place finish in New Hampshire have done innumerable damage to that brand.
SC has a majority black Democratic electorate, and Biden leads polling there, riding his popularity among African Americans due in part to his eight years as popular president Barack Obama's deputy.
Biden, the former vice president, had been in desperate need of a strong showing after poor finishes in the first two contests. Trump dismisses "rumors" Trump, for his part, dismissed the reports of interference. Bernie Sanders to lose a delegate to former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. According to Business Insider, only five candidates - Sanders, Buttigieg, Biden, Warren and Klobuchar - have earned pledged delegates from Iowa and New Hampshire. They include California and Texas, the two states with the most delegates.
Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waves to an overflow crowd before addressing a larger rally during a campaign event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Seattle.
Recently Sanders has been largely unchecked by his opponents, who have focused more on blunting the advance of campaign newcomer Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of NY who has poured more than US$360 million from his personal fortune into campaign advertising. His campaign spent some $7m a day during January; $464m in total since he launched his effort in December. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is in last place with 2% of the vote. More than four of every 10 voters in the Nevada Democratic caucuses in 2016 were non-white, according to entrance polls. In the wake of the Iowa disaster, Nevada state Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy II put out a statement saying that the party's caucuses wouldn't be employing the reporting app or vendor that were blamed for the delays and inconsistencies that plagued Iowa's Democratic results.
43% of Democratic Nevada caucus-goers say healthcare is the issue that mattered most to them when deciding which candidate to support.
The state party added to its responsibilities by offering early voting - something Iowa didn't attempt. The change had its intended effect.
Many Californians who are not registered with a political party, he said, might not be aware that they must specifically request a Democratic ballot to vote in the party's presidential primary.
MSNBC's Gadi Schawartz got to see this in action when stand-ins for Sanders and Buttigieg drew cards in Reno after deciding that aces would be low.