On the Democratic side of the electoral battle, Hillary Clinton held off a late surge from Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic caucuses in Nevada.
This is the third contest between the two Democrats – remember the squeaker in Iowa and the drubbing in New Hampshire – and she has not yet been able to pull out a double-digit victory.
Eight years ago she defeated Barack Obama in Nevada. Doors to the downtown arena open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is first come, first served.
Clinton’s campaign considers the overall delegate lead an answer to complaints among some Sanders allies that Clinton has not earned sufficient popular support to justify her support among super delegates.
Clinton still has her advantage with black and Latino voters, and in a Democratic primary, that is dispositive.
Sanders won heavily among the roughly one-quarter of voters who said the most important thing was a nominee who cares about people like them. She said: “I think there’s an underlying question that maybe is in the back of people’s minds and that is, ‘Is she in it for us or is she in it for herself?’ I’m going to do my very best to answer those questions”.
Clinton won Saturday’s caucus vote by almost five percentage points, but because of technical issues, a lone delegate was not awarded that day.
In her victory speech, Mrs Clinton devoted her campaign to “hotel and casino workers who never wavered” and “the thousands of men and women with kids to raise, bills to pay and dreams that won’t die”.
He said Sanders’ numbers were driven by differences in Hispanics by age.
Clinton is polling at 46 percent in Oklahoma, while Sanders is polling at 44 percent, with 9 percent still undecided. While the result wasn’t unexpected given that pre-election polls showed Clinton dominant with black voters, Sanders spent a lot of money on television in the state.
Sanders, meanwhile, continued his dominance among young voters, with entrance polls showing him winning 72 percent of 17-to-44-year-olds. Some younger Hispanics, particularly college students, might not live in the majority-Hispanic precincts the Clinton campaign refers to.
Clinton Sunday rolled out a new ad narrated by actor Morgan Freeman where he says Clinton “always stood with us”.
“The people of Iowa, New Hampshire and SC have spoken, and I really respect their decision”, an emotional Bush said in Columbia. Ms. Clinton has amassed a vast lead in Democrat super delegates, party officials who can support any candidate regardless of primary or caucus outcomes.
More than half the 2,383 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination will be determined in the 28 states that hold primaries and caucuses in March.