Follow News Views for updates and the eventual results of Nevada’s Caucus.
Caucuses begin at noon local time, 3 p.m ET.
Bernie Sanders is favored to win today and of course, Trump’s already tweeted about the Caucus and thinks he’ll carry Nevada in the General election. Both Senators from Nevada and the governor are members of the Democratic Party. Rural Nevada is still very Red but Washoe and Clark Counties, where most of Nevada’s population resides, are very Blue.
Where does the vote come from?
- Overwhelmingly, the vote comes from Clark County, home to the state’s two largest cities, Las Vegas (population 645,000) and the suburb of Henderson (population 310,000).
- Seventy-three percent of the allocated county convention delegates in 2016 came from Clark County.
- The second-largest tranche of county delegates came from Washoe County, where Reno is located and which accounted for 16% of the total. That means 9-in-10 came from two counties.
- But, and this is critical, that doesn’t mean campaigns should ignore the less-populated, more rural areas, especially in a caucus. Candidates can get an outsize number of delegates from rural areas. It’s how Barack Obama won the most delegates out of Nevada in 2008, but lost the popular vote.