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Update (February 20, 2:25 p.m. PT): Clinton wins close race
Hillary Clinton has won the Nevada Caucus, multiple news sources report. The projections are based on results from 50 percent of the state’s precincts.
For months Nevada looked like a sure thing for Clinton, but Bernie Sanders’ big win in New Hampshire last week — along with the enthusiasm his anti-Wall Street, people-first campaign has engendered among young voters — gave him momentum that made the Silver State very dicey for Clinton. Indeed, for much of the early counting on Saturday, Sanders led.
Ultimately, the view among traditional Democrats that Clinton was more electable in a general election played a significant role in her victory, according to exit polls. Also important: the Clinton campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts.
“It was a matter of organization over recent enthusiasm,” former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller told MSNBC.
Update (February 20, 1:50 p.m. PT): Hillary, Bernie race too close to call
About 35 percent of the results are now in, and Hillary Clinton has inched into the lead, 51 percent to 48 percent. Just like in Iowa earlier this month, Nevada’s Democratic caucus is going to go down to the wire.
Many caucus meetings around the state are unusually raucous, with huge cheers from the winning camp greeting undecideds coming over to their side. Unlike in primaries, caucuses are very public events where caucus-goers must declare their candidate preference before everyone else in the room.
Update (February 20, 1:25 p.m.): Entrance polls, early results
With 8 percent of the results in, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton, 50 percent to 49 percent.
The Nevada Democratic electorate is moving significantly to the left, according to entrance polls from CNN and MSNBC. Sixty-nine percent of caucus-goers identify as “very liberal,” up from 45 percent eight years ago.
More early entrance-poll data: more than 80 percent of Nevada voters who place a high value on “honesty and trustworthiness” are going with Bernie Sanders. Ninety-two percent of Nevada Democrats who want a candidate with the “right experience” to be president are voting for Hillary Clinton. Both categories are believed to represent about 25 percent of the electorate, meaning they essentially cancel each other out.
Update (February 20, 12:45 p.m. PT): Entrance-poll numbers coming in
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s strength in Nevada is supposed to be minority voters. So her supporters might be feeling a little queasy at the moment. Early entrance polls put Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Clinton among Hispanic voters. According to MSNBC, he leads 54 percent to 43 percent.
Sanders leads Clinton among white voters 52 percent to 44 percent.
Keep in mind: Caucusing is underway now, and people can change their minds once they’re in the meetings.
Update (February 20, 12:25 p.m. PT): Deck of cards could decide Caucus
Caucuses are different from primaries. You don’t go into a booth and mark a box. Instead, it’s more a “neighborhood meeting.” Watch the video below for a primer on how it works.
You may recall that in some Iowa precincts, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ended up tied — and that the ties were broken with coin flips. The same thing can happen in Nevada, but, this being Las Vegas’ state, the coin will be replaced with a deck of cards. Says the Nevada Democratic Party:
“In the rare circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a precinct-level delegate and have the same lowest or highest decimal, groups must draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. High card determines the winner.”
Jokers will be removed from the decks, and if the same cards are drawn, the suit will be the decider, in order: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.