Though counting votes in the United States Democratic party primary election in Nevada is not finished yet, according to CNN, it looks like a resounding victory for candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. A victory, a lot bigger than the figures of the public opinion poll at the top of this blog post. CNN says: 46.6% for Sanders; 19.2% for Joe Biden, the next candidate.
And that after all the anti-Sanders smearing by the CIA, by Donald Trump, by Hillary Clinton, by Michael Bloomberg and others, backed up by so much billionaire donors’ money for propaganda … Anti-Sanders smearing to which CNN corporation contributed.
Today, CNN has to admit:
Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, CNN projects
By Maeve Reston
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the Nevada caucuses, according to a CNN projection, showing the power of his organization and amplifying his argument that he can broaden his appeal across the Democratic electorate based on the results from the most diverse state in Democrats’ nominating contest thus far.
Though former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have the lead in polls as late as January, Sanders made an enormous organizing push beginning in the middle of last year, putting some 250 paid staffers on the ground in the Silver State. His campaign also harnessed their grassroots fundraising machine to build roots within the state’s large Latino community, advertising in Spanish not only on television, radio and social media, but through ads on music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify.
Taking the stage in San Antonio, Sanders introduced his wife Jane as the next first lady of the United States. He touted the “multigenerational, multi-racial coalition” that his campaign built in Nevada, giving his campaign a fresh burst of momentum after his win in New Hampshire and his strong showing in Iowa.
“In Nevada, and in New Hampshire and in Iowa — what we showed is that our volunteers are prepared to knock on hundreds and hundreds of thousands of doors,” Sanders said. “That no campaign has a grassroots movement like we do, which is another reason why we’re going to win this election.”
“(President Donald) Trump and his friends think they are going to win this election,” Sanders continued. “They think they’re going to win this election by dividing our people up, based on the color of their skin, or where they were born, or their religion or their sexual orientation. We are going to win because we are doing exactly the opposite. We’re bringing our people together.”
Early entrance polls in Nevada showed Sanders winning Latino voters by 54%, some 40 percentage points ahead of the next candidate, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Sanders also won among white voters. …
The fervent support among younger voters for Sanders was evident in the Nevada results. Among the state’s voters under the age of 30 — who only made up 17% of the electorate — some 66% of them favored the Vermont senator. Biden led among caucusgoers over 65, with around a quarter supporting the former vice president. Around 1 in 5 went for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and 1 in 8 for Buttigieg, Sanders and [billionaire] businessman Tom Steyer each. Around 1 in 10 caucused for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Sanders also won 44% of non-white voters, according to entrance polls, a blow to Biden — who had claimed that minority voters are the base that would power him to the Democratic nomination. …
Among Nevada voters, the overriding concern was supporting a candidate who could beat Trump.
CNN admits: ‘Among those who said electability was most important, Sanders — yes, Sanders — was the leading candidate.’
On the issues, health care was the top concern and 63% of voters said they supported a government-run health care plan like the one Sanders has proposed.
Sanders’ win was also particularly notable given the ideological split within the Nevada electorate: 30% described themselves as very liberal, 35% said they were somewhat liberal and 31% said they were moderate in entrance polls.
Other Democrats fall short
Buttigieg pointed to Sanders’ embrace of Medicare for All as a major liability for Democrats heading into November …
In Nevada, Buttigieg was under intense pressure to show he could appeal to minority voters as polls have consistently shown him with scant, if any, support from African Americans and Latinos.
The Nevada results do not appear to have moved the needle much on that front. …
Biden, pointing to the diversity of Nevada as evidence that it would be a better fit for his campaign than Iowa and New Hampshire, had hoped for a comeback in the Silver State after his fourth and fifth-place finishes in the first two states. But he still fell short — even after heavy campaigning in the past week — underscoring the uncertainty among Democratic voters over the former vice president’s stamina against Trump. …
Warren also made a vigorous push this week in Nevada, seeking a last-minute surge after she led the charge against former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Wednesday night’s Las Vegas debate. (Bloomberg is not competing in the state).
Warren did not have the kind of finish her campaign hoped for after her strong debate performance …
Fourth with 10.3%, according to CNN
Steyer made an enormous investment in Nevada, ultimately plowing $15.5 million into television ads — far outpacing Sanders, who was a distant second in spending with about $2 million. Despite the exorbitant amount of money that Steyer spent in Nevada, it does not appear to have bought him much in the state.
Klobuchar had hoped the momentum she’d built over the first two contests would continue in Nevada.
Billionaire candidate Steyer: sixth with 3.6%; Klobuchar: fifth with 4.5% according to CNN.
Appearing in her home state of Minnesota, which does not vote until Super Tuesday, Klobuchar was the first candidate to take the stage Saturday afternoon.
She said that she had once again exceeded expectations, a claim that did not trend with the actual results that have been reported so far.
Maybe Senator Klobuchar had expected only 1% or 0% …
One of the most striking facets of the Nevada entrance polls was that Sanders won convincingly within an electorate where nearly two-thirds said beating Trump was more important than choosing a candidate who shared their views.
It showed that Sanders is increasingly persuading Democrats that he can defeat Trump by galvanizing working-class voters who feel left behind in the Trump economy and bringing new voters into the process. …
At the same time, he continues to burnish his appeal as an outsider willing to take on the Washington establishment, including those in his own party.
He has also cast his campaign as one that will drive revolutionary change in the area of economic justice, emphasizing policies like raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, forgiving student loan debt, providing free college, reforming what he calls a “broken and racist” criminal justice system, and making universal health care a human right.
In minority communities, Sanders’ campaign also made a very deliberate effort to connect with voters by sharing his family’s immigrant story. Sanders often talks on the trail about how his father came to the United States at the age of 17 [as a refugee from Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust] without any money and minimal English skills, but was able to make a living through determination and hard work.
He has portrayed the Trump administration’s actions on immigration as cruel, immoral and heartless, casting the President as a racist and a xenophobe, while promising to reverse Trump’s policies as soon as he takes office.
‘We got momentum now’: Sanders supporters celebrate Nevada win
Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters celebrate his win in the Nevada caucuses Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.