It’s 2—1 in the electoral battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The former US secretary of state beat Sanders in Nevada caucuses.
The win breaks Sanders’ momentum and proves that beating Clinton in the nomination race is still a tough task for the Vermont senator. She has a strong support base among the minorities, which can ultimately take her to the victory lap.
Recent polls indicated that voters found it difficult to choose a particular winner between Clinton and Sanders. The 74-year-old grew more popular, as his populist messages grabbed attention. The Clinton campaign apparently started looking ahead for the next battle in South Carolina.
The Nevada caucuses were tough indeed. Early results showed there was a close contest between Clinton and Sanders. However, it was Clinton who managed to secure victory. Even though it was not exactly a “photo-finish,” it still reminded of the Iowa caucuses, which also had such a close contest between the two.
Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other. https://t.co/JvToYvW3jQ
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2016
The victory also indicates the Clinton is still a favourite to win the presidential nomination for the Democrats, according to CNN.
With 79.5 percent precincts reporting, there were 9,705 total number of voters. Clinton got 52.2 percent votes (5,091), while Sanders managed 47.8 percent (4,664).
Clinton’s victory at the Nevada caucuses sends a clear message to the Sanders campaign that he needs enough organisational support to match the enthusiasm he brings in to his campaign. Clinton, with vast political experience in her CV, beat the socialist candidate by 427 votes.
We have got to ask the largest corporations in America to stop dodging taxes and bring jobs back to the United States of America.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 20, 2016
Clinton had earlier given a clear message that she was going to keep fighting for Hispanic and African-American voters. She also questioned Sanders’ commitment to the minorities. The New York Times quoted 69-year-old cook Herbert Gregory as calling Clinton “more qualified than Bernie.”
“It’s very important, because we don’t want to see what Obama has done go down the drain,” he said.