Sen. Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses

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Sen. Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses
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Sen. Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses
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Over 1,000 miles from where caucusgoers delivered his second consecutive early state victory, according to a projection by ABC News, Sen. Bernie Sanders celebrated with a rambunctious crowd in a San Antonio dance hall, showcasing his presidential campaign’s broader ambitions as he detailed his progressive agenda for a much larger audience watching across the country. Bernie Sanders’ lead in county convention delegates over Joe Biden has grown, with 50% of precincts reporting. Sanders still has 47% of county convention delegates, but Biden has dropped 4 percentage points to 19%. Pete Buttigieg currently sits in third with 15% and Elizabeth Warren is fourth with 10% of the vote.

Sanders took only a brief moment to bask in his Nevada caucuses win — and chose to do so after first predicting he’d finish on top in the Texas primary in 10 days. The move wasn’t simply a nod to the local crowd, but a continuation of his efforts the past eight days, during which he traveled between four Super Tuesday states — plus Washington, which votes a week later — around his Nevada schedule, knowing that his front-runner campaign can potentially build an insurmountable delegate lead should it continue its success that night.

“You know, based on what I have seen today in Texas, we were in El Paso. We’re here now. Don’t tell anybody — don’t tell anybody, I don’t want to get them nervous — we’re going to win the Democratic primary in Texas,” he said. “The president gets very, very upset easily, so don’t tell him that we’re going to beat him here in Texas. And now I’m delighted to bring you some pretty good news.”

“I think all of you know we won the popular vote in Iowa. We won the New Hampshire primary. And according to three networks and the AP, we have now won the Nevada caucus,” he added. “In Nevada we have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition which is going to not only win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country.”

Registered Democratic voters in Nevada poured into various sites on Saturday amid the “first in the West” caucuses — the first diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race.

After a fiery Las Vegas debate last week, during which candidates’ attacks on each other made clear a splintering Democratic field, the results could maintain momentum for Sanders, the campaign’s front-runner, while also providing a boost for Joe Biden after emerging from Iowa and New Hampshire with lackluster results.

Among the four early states, South Carolina is the only one left between the campaigns and Super Tuesday, and momentum out of Nevada could reignite a campaign or cement a candidate’s standing outside of the top tier.

You can read the rest of Meg Cunningham, Kendall Karson, Quinn Scanlan and Adam Kelsey’s article at ABCnews.com

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