Hillary Clinton Gets the Win in Nevada Caucus

And avoids a 'dramatic setback'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2016 2:19 PM CST
Updated Feb 20, 2016 5:17 PM CST
Democratic Caucus in Nevada Is Underway
Kara Bonham registers to vote for the Democratic caucus at the University of Nevada on Saturday in Reno.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner of Saturday's Democratic caucus in Nevada, holding a 4-point lead over Bernie Sanders with 66% of precincts reporting, the New Republic reports. "To everyone who turned out in every corner of Nevada with determination and heart: This is your win. Thank you," Clinton tweeted. According to CNN, Clinton avoided a "dramatic setback" with the win. And the Hill states it will "calm some nerves" after Sanders nearly beat both expectations and Clinton in the state. Sanders managed to turn a double-digit deficit in earlier polls into a narrow loss. The results of the caucus were called about two hours after it started.

The win gives Clinton some momentum with the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday coming up. She also now has evidence that 2016 will play out differently than her 2008 contest against Obama and that she is more electable than Sanders. But it wasn't all good news for Clinton. She underperformed among Latino voters and isn't getting "fervent support" from young people. New Republic notes this "enthusiasm gap" could hurt her in the general election. As for Sanders, FiveThirtyEight reports he could still win the rest of the states that have caucuses, mostly because those states—with the exception of Hawaii—are "really white." (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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