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Over the weekend, Democrats in Nevada held their county-level conventions which is part of their process to select delegates which will head to the Nevada state convention, and eventually, to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. As it turns out, Bernie Sanders will likely walk away with more delegates in Nevada than Hillary Clinton will, despite Clinton having won the caucus back in Februrary.

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The Reno Gazette-Journal explains:

Bernie Sanders scored a victory at Nevada’s county-level Democratic conventions on Saturday, even though he lost to Hillary Clinton in the state’s February caucuses.

Conventions held throughout Nevada yielded 2,124 Sanders-supporting delegates who will head to the state convention on May 14. That accounts for 55 percent of the total delegates.

Hillary Clinton earned 1,722 delegates, or 45 percent of the total.

Clinton won the Nevada caucuses Feb. 20 with 53 percent of the vote and was projected to win 20 of the 35 delegates up for grabs. Saturday’s results reduce that projection to 18, although the final count depends on results from the state-level convention. [Emphasis added]

The upset comes as many delegates elected in February didn’t show up for the county events. In Clark County, less than half of the nearly 9,000 delegates elected at caucuses turned up on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The claim that Sanders has now “won” the Nevada caucus is not entirely true, Hillary was still the victor in that contest. However, in a manner similar to the Iowa caucus, the state parties in Nevada select their delegates in several steps which goes from caucus night, to the county conventions, to the state convention, to the national convention. The voting that happens on caucus night is just the first of many steps before the delegate selection is final.

The truth here is that Bernie Sanders was better organized, and perhaps his supporters were simply more inclined to show up at the county conventions, and he could come away with winning the majority of delegates from Nevada. In a race this tight, as with the Republican side, some battles over delegates are being fought on the county level because every single delegate matters this year.

We won’t know the exact number of delegates won by each candidate until the Nevada Democratic Party holds its state convention on May 14th.

12 COMMENTS

  1. These caucuses are bizarre political rituals that represent no one. All states should allow all of their residents the opportunity to vote for their party’s nominee.

    • The states would have to take control of the process, which not all states want to do since they’d be paying for the actual primary, etc… Plus, the parties in certain states (on both sides) will fight it because they like staying in control of the process.

      I agree though, caucuses are ripe for mischief and often make it harder for the broader electorate to vote since they take place between certain hours of the day instead of an all-day primary vote.

    • I would agree if there was a truly informed electorate. You can’t have a discussion with most of the inner city and suburbanites because they are so self important and full of media propoganda. They’ve forgotten how to think, they only react when it is too late and then WHINE. I suppose I see a lack of common sense in their arguments and positions on sand hills. They thoroughly believe they have concrete under their feet and they can’t see how far they’ve already submerged. You can tell them they are up to their neck in it and they tell you they are still breathing, but they’ve forgotten the perspective, they are standing on their heads.

  2. That’s just the beginning of Hillary’s descent. Tomorrow she’ll lose Wisconsin, then NY, NJ and most other states. And appropriate demise to an evil creature.

    The only new news Hillary Clinton will make will be by end of year — when she finally meets her just ends and goes to jail!

    • An angry white hippie trying one last time for a counter-cultural anti-establishment revolution is not a future to believe in – it failed last time and besides many hippies became conservative capitalists. Being anti-establishment is not a governing agenda for the establishment – even Donald Trump and Ted Cruz promise that agenda

    • Lol. Hillary won NY. Most other states? Lmao. She’s leading in pledged delegates AND popular votes. Spoken like a delusional Bernbot.

    • Instead of accusing them of hypocrisy, work with them to un-rig the superdelegate system and the various ways that new Democrats or independents can’t participate in the primary at the same time as this. The rules are 90% favoring the establishment candidate, and 10% favoring the zealous outsider (whose supporters will stick out long caucus processes). I think you could convince them to go with better democratic systems pretty easily.

      • The super-delegate system is not rigged; this is a phony attempt by Sanders to rig the system for himself. Each of the delegates are entitled to make their own decision. The Democratic Party does not require them to pick anybody. Independents are not Democrats and between 28% and 40% have indicated that they would vote for Trump; as such they were actually voting for Bernie to prevent Hillary becoming the nominee. Democratic systems should not be based on fraud.

  3. Sanders supporters who are also organizers sent Clinton delegates the wrong information intentionally and literally blocked people from going in. Voter suppression?

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