BREAKING: Bernie Sanders on Track to 20-Plus Point Victory in Nevada Caucus (UPDATES)
Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada Democratic primary contest, according to projections from several outlets.
Fox News made the earliest call in the Nevada caucus results on Saturday, with anchor Bret Baier announcing the network’s projection that Sanders will “win overwhelmingly” in the state.
“Nevada breaking for Senator Bernie Sanders,” said Baier. “The first contest in the west, further cementing his lead over Democratic rivals.”
“The Fox News Decision Desk called the race overwhelmingly for Bernie Sanders,” he said, pointing out that they don’t know the exact numbers or how second or third place will break down. “But we do know that Bernie Sanders is going to win overwhelmingly in Nevada.”
UPDATE: As of 7:30 p.m. EST, NBC News also called the Nevada caucus for Sanders.
2ND UPDATE: As of 7:49 p.m. EST, the Associated Press also called Nevada for Sanders.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2020
A commanding win from Sanders in Nevada comes on the heels of impressive performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, and ahead of the next primary in South Carolina.
Here’s NBC’s breakdown of the vote in the Silver State, tallied with just 4.2 percent of precincts reporting:
Sanders had 44.7 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe had 19.5 percent, while former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg had 15.6 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., had 11.8 percent. Mike Bloomberg, who is surging in national polls but turned in a rocky debate performance in Las Vegas this week, is skipping the first four states and wasn’t on the ballot here.
3rd UPDATE: As of 8:11 p.m. EST, CNN called Nevada for Sanders.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 23, 2020
4th UPDATE: As of 12:01 a.m. EST, Sunday, with 27% of the precincts reporting, Sanders had amassed roughly 47% of the vote, which was nearly double the total of his next closest competitor, Joe Biden, who had 23%.
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