Nevada Dem Party: We Already Need Help

The caucus is short of volunteers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2020 3:30 PM CST
Nevada Dem Party: We Already Need Help
In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, a woman votes at an early voting location at the culinary workers union hall in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of the chaos that ensnared the Iowa caucuses, as voters gather across the Silver State on Saturday to make their presidential preferences known, the AP reports. Iowa's process cratered this month following a rushed effort by state Democrats to deploy a mobile app for caucus volunteers to report results. Democrats in Nevada were going to use the same app developer as Iowa did, but quickly sidelined those plans. They will still be relying to some extent on technology to assist in counting and reporting results, though, and like Iowa, they will have paper backups. In other Nevada caucus news:

  • Already? The Nevada Democratic Party is facing a shortage of caucus volunteers and asking campaigns to help out. The New York Times predicts that "it could be another late night."
  • Bernie: Sen. Bernie Sanders is looking strong in early-entrance polling, the Washington Post reports. He leads in most groups that have a candidate winning by at least 6 percentage points, including Ages 17-29 (+58), Hispanic/Latino (+40), Independents or something else (+37), Women (+16), and White (+11).
  • Diversity: Nevada is the most diverse contest so far for Democratic candidates and most closely resembles the party's demographics, the Guardian notes. The state is almost 30% Latino and 10% black, and has a rising population of Asian Americans.
  • Less diversity: But an ABC News look at entrance polls shows a decline in turnout from ethnic and racial minorities. Nonwhites comprised 41% of Nevadan caucus voters in 2016, and only 35% this year.
  • Overall: Five Thirty-Eight issued an analysis of who will win a majority of overall pledged delegates heading into Nevada. The site says Sanders has a 39% chance of winning a majority, but there's a 41% chance of no one having a majority of pledged delegates when primary voting ends on June 6.
(More Nevada primary stories.)

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