Sanders left Nevada as the clear winner of the state’s caucus voting. Now as the frontrunner for the Democratic primary prepares for primary voting in South Carolina, his staying power will be tested in a state that will be the most diverse so far.
Walking away with 46.8% of votes and 14 delegates, Sanders snatched the victory in Nevada. In the caucus, Biden took 20.4% of the vote with Pete Buttigieg walking away with 13.9% of the votes. Warren, who gave a strong debate in Nevada, ended in fourth place with 9.8%, but received no delegate votes.
While a huge victory for Sanders supporters, nicknamed “Bernie Bros,” the win shook establishment Democrats who shunned the socialist democrat.
“The hungriest community usually gets the nomination,” said political commentator, Joy Ann Reid after Nevada caucus results.
“Right now it is the Sanders people and I think that the rest of us that sort of look at politics have underestimated the sheer, unadulterated rage, the anger of working class people, especially young people who are living with three roommates, and have a Lyft job and an Uber job and they can’t make it . . . and they’re like throw the tables over . . . and they don’t care what the potentials results is.”
Soon after the Nevada win, reports said that the Vladamir Putin Administration is more than likely influencing the voting process to push Sanders to the forefront. According to Wired, the plan aims to create more chaos and disruption in the Democratic party so that Trump can get reelected.
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president. My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do,” Sanders said in a statement of the reports.
In a twist of voting results, polls leading up to the South Carolina primaries show Biden leading with Sanders and Tom Steyer following closely. Because of South Carolina’s significant African American population, Biden banks on his popularity amongst the largest minority voters. As well, Steyer’s aggressive marketing and grassroots campaign directed to African Americans has boosted his name recognition. The primary results will give more of an idea of the Democratic party’s lens leading to November.
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