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Victory for Bernie Sanders in Nevada

He had 47% of the county convention delegates in Nevada with 50% of the precincts reported

By Reuters in Las Vegas
  • Published 24.02.20, 2:04 AM
  • Updated 24.02.20, 2:04 AM
  • a min read
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with wife Jane during a campaign event in San Antonio on Saturday. (AP)

Bernie Sanders strengthened his front-runner position for the Democratic presidential nomination with a decisive victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, while Joe Biden was on track for a second-place finish that would give his struggling campaign new hope.

A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders was backed by a diverse coalition of young and middle-aged voters, Latinos, union members and white college-educated women for the win in Nevada, according to Edison Research, showing signs of expanding support for his surging campaign beyond his longstanding core.

“We have put together a multi-generational, multiracial coalition that is going to not only win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep the country,” Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, told cheering supporters in San Antonio, Texas.

Biden, a former Vice-President, appeared to score a badly needed strong finish after poor showings in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire for the party’s nomination to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November election.

Sanders had 47 per cent of the county convention delegates in Nevada with 50 per cent of the precincts reported. Biden was a distant second to Sanders with 19 per cent, but ahead of former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, in third place with 15 per cent.