The Democratic Party’s presidential nomination race remains to be crowded — and, in accordance to these candidates, very a lot nonetheless contested — however one amongst them has been established as the chief.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was declared the winner of Nevada’s caucus on Saturday night time, following a first-place win in New Hampshire’s main final week and a really shut second place in the Iowa caucus at the begin of the month.
“This grassroots movement is unstoppable,” Sanders tweeted quickly after numerous information shops analyzing the outcomes introduced he was victorious. “Together, let’s win the Democratic nomination, defeat Trump and transform the country!”
Later Saturday night time, solely a fraction of the last outcomes of the caucus had nonetheless been reported — however Nevada’s caucus had not been plagued with the identical vote-counting points as in Iowa.
Who will finally end behind Sanders, 78, and in what order, remained much less clear. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren had been in second and third place, respectively, with former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg in fourth.
Total votes for every candidate had been additionally not but clear.
Biden was the front-runner for the nomination for months primarily based on voter polls, however he pale as soon as voting really started. He positioned fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire, however he has insisted he would rebound in bigger and extra various states akin to Nevada and South Carolina.
While he improved in Nevada, it’s unclear if second place is sufficient to embolden Biden’s case to voters. South Carolina will vote subsequent, on Feb. 29.
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The Democratic candidates are actually simply 10 days away from March 3’s “Super Tuesday” when 14 states, together with California and Texas, will maintain their primaries. With so many outcomes without delay, that can doubtless give voters a transparent take a look at who can win the nomination come mid-July when the Democratic Party holds its nationwide conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and names somebody to face President Donald Trump.
A candidate should win 1,991 delegates over the course of the main race. More than 1,300 shall be up for grabs on March 3.
Sanders, who till Nevada had been in second place in delegate totals behind Buttigieg, is now sure to vaunt forward after incomes a majority of the state’s 36 out there delegates.
The “Super Tuesday” date will even be the first time former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg shall be on the poll. The 78-year-old billionaire took an uncommon route together with his marketing campaign, saying his bid for the presidency in late November, practically a yr after most different candidates had launched their very own campaigns.
Bloomberg — the 12th wealthiest man in the world — relied on his private wealth to unfold his message and has reportedly spent greater than $337 million in a nationwide advert blitz.
He and Sanders clashed over their opposing views on wealth and taxes on Wednesday night time, when Bloomberg made his Democratic main debate debut in Las Vegas after incomes sufficient nationwide polling to qualify.
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“The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What did I miss here?” mentioned Bloomberg, who’s price greater than $61 billion.
Sanders had his personal response prepared.
“Well, you’ll miss that I work in Washington, house one. live in Burlington, house two,” he mentioned. “And, like thousands of other Vermonters, I do have a summer camp. Forgive me for that. Where is your home? Which tax haven do you have your home?”