After long lines, many issues of confusion, and too few ballots, it looks like Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Nevada caucus. She will take home just a few more delegates than Bernie Sanders.
Clinton stated in her victory speech: “Thank you, Nevada. Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other.”
Many voters posted to social media that the lines were ridiculously long for a caucus, causing many to leave before they participated. On Twitter, the Sanders campaign urged people to hold out:
If you’re in line to caucus, DO NOT LEAVE! You don’t need ID to caucus or to register to vote. Any issues? Call 702-778-4336.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 20, 2016
Many locations were also short on ballots, with some running out completely:
They have run out of official ballots at my caucus location at Caughlin Elementary. #caucusmania pic.twitter.com/diUIPRUClf
— Jessica Sferrazza (@JessSferrazza) February 20, 2016
One precinct, 5616, had a Hillary for Nevada logo on their sign in sheet:
Also, the t-shirts the Clinton campaign switched to were eerily similar to those the National Nurses United union (which supports Sanders) members were wearing.
Photo of Clinton campaign pretending to be @NationalNurses in #Nevadacaucus. More deception @SymoneDSanders #1U pic.twitter.com/3G372xmtvX
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) February 20, 2016
In Las Vegas, Jane Sanders, @RoseAnnDeMoro @BernieSanders @DBurgerNNU ready for caucuses #FeelTheBern pic.twitter.com/I2HZozGiJZ
— Charles Idelson (@cidelson) February 20, 2016
Even more confusing were Hillary supporters being allowed to participate without registering:
“They will register after” HRC supporters caucusing w/o registering. #NVDemsCaucus @BernieSanders @NationalNursesU pic.twitter.com/5DZT8A3dzp
— Wesley van Dyken (@andiwonderthis) February 20, 2016
Bernie Sanders was quick to send out a positive message to his supporters, in which he still declared the results good news:
“The final results are in from Nevada and it looks like we’re going to leave another state with roughly the same number of delegates as Hillary Clinton, maybe down just a few.
I want to be completely clear with you about what this result means: Nevada was supposed to be a state “tailor made” for the Clinton campaign, and a place she once led by almost 40 points. But today, we sent a message that will stun the political and financial establishment of this country: our campaign can win anywhere.
There are 26 primaries and caucuses in the next month, and three straight positive results for our campaign are sure to prompt an over-the-top response from the millionaires and billionaires who are funding our opponent and her many super PACs.”
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