Sanders wins decisive victory in Nevada caucuses

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with attendees at the Clark County Democratic Party’s 2020 Kick Off to Caucus Gala at the Tropicana Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square

Bernie Sanders solidified his status Saturday as the front runner in the Democratic primary for U.S. president with a decisive win in Nevada’s caucuses.

The U.S. senator from Vermont more than doubled his competitors vote totals in unofficial and early returns reported late Saturday, winning more than 45 percent of the vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was in second with about 21 percent of the vote according to early returns. Former Sooth Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg was at about 15 percent with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren a distant fourth with about 10 percent.

“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 in declaring an early victory. “That no campaign has a grassroots movement like we do, which is another reason why we’re going to win this election.”

Sanders — a democratic socialist who supports taxpayer-funded Medicare for All including the elimination of private health care plans; tuition-free college including the elimination of all college debt; and the Green New Deal — appeared to solidify his base in Nevada, not only appealing to younger, more liberal voters but also with voters ages 45 to 64, Hispanics and those with college degrees, according to exit polling.

Sanders also won New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and essentially tied with Buttigieg in Iowa’s caucuses.

Next up is South Carolina on Feb. 29, followed by Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states hold presidential primaries, including Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, where Sanders pledged a win.

“Don’t tell anybody, I don’t want to get them nervous,” Sanders said. “We’re going to win the Democratic primary in Texas.”

The winner of the Democratic presidential primary will face President Donald Trump in November.

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6 thoughts on “Sanders wins decisive victory in Nevada caucuses

  1. Hippy BS should run for Prez of Cuba. Keep that system running. He’ll be out of VT and not make VT a laughing stock.

    • At the very least burnee SHOULD have gone to Kooba for his heart attack
      since him and the human blob moron moore are always hyping there
      medical as above ours…..

  2. Democratic Florida Rep. Donna Shalala on Sunday pulled no punches when reacting to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ praise of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro

    Shalala — a first-term congresswoman representing Florida’s 27th District — called on Sanders to “speak to some of my constituents” before choosing to “sing the praises of a murderous tyrant” such as Castro, who took control of Cuba by way of a deadly revolution and remained in power for decades as a dictator.

    “I’m hoping that in the future, Senator Sanders will take time to speak to some of my constituents before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant like Fidel Castro,” Shalala, who represents a swing district in Miami-Dade County, tweeted on Sunday.

    Her comments came after Sanders was hesitant to completely disavow Castro during a 60 Minutes interview that aired on Sunday.

    The self-identified democratic socialist said that it was “unfair” to say that everything about the Castro regime was bad, noting how the autocrat established a “massive literacy program” upon assuming power.

    Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., speaks during a House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against President Donald Trump, in Washington
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    “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” the Vermont senator said to Anderson Cooper. “You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing even though Fidel Castro did it?”

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    Sanders was actually responding to an unearthed clip from 1985 where he was, once again, lauding the Castro regime for its educational and health care programs.

    Shalala was not the only Democratic lawmaker from Florida, which touts a significant Cuban-American population, to come out swinging against Sanders.

    “As the first South American immigrant member of Congress who proudly represents thousands of Cuban Americans, I find Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments on Castro’s Cuba absolutely unacceptable,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who also represents a swing district in the state.

    “The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families. To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a free society,” she continued.

    This isn’t the first time Sanders has heaped praise on far-left, autocratic regimes.

    After returning from his honeymoon in the Soviet Union in 1988, the former mayor of Burlington, Vermont said the USSR did “some things” better than the U.S., and lauded the country’s cheap transit system, which he claimed was “faster, cleaner, more attractive and more efficient than any in the U.S.”

    Sanders is also on tape claiming that bread lines are “a good thing” because in other countries, the poor simply die from hunger.

    The Vermont senator is now the undisputed frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, having one the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, and easily trounced his opponents in Nevada on Saturday.

    • I would whole heartily disagree with comrade burnee…
      the only good commie there is chi who’s buried 6 foot under…

  3. Just saw an item in the news this morning that Bernie has chastised those who criticized Castro in Cuba because in Bernie’s view Castro did wonderful things for the people when he took over. Can’t help but wonder if all the expatriots who have resettled in exile in Florida agree. Be interested in hearing Mark Rubio’s reaction.

  4. It just goes to show 45% of Democrats are idiots, they have to be, if they believe
    his rhetoric ……just do a little basic math, if you can make his numbers work show
    me and the rest of the world ……..

    Just like the other day when he defended his three houses, one in DC, one in Burlington
    and last but not least his ” camp ” on the lake …… Yeah, $700 camp …..More BS from
    the artist, that’s a BS artist !!

    Spewing socialism, while living the capitalist lifestyle, …………. Hypocrite !!

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