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Nevada Seeing Massive Early Turnout For Democratic Caucus

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is getting serious. Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are now the front-runners after Iowa and New Hampshire. Joe Biden has claimed that he will be more successful as primaries move to states that are much more diverse.

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One of those diverse states is Nevada, which will hold its caucus on February 18th. The Nevada contest allows for early voting and so far that process has seen a huge turnout with lines wrapping around voting centers.

The state has a total of 84,000 voters during the 2016 contest. On Saturday, the first day of early voting, over 18,000 people had already cast their ballot.

Nevada state Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy said of the turnout, “I am really excited that Nevada Democrats really showed up on the first day, our historic first day of early vote. We’re anticipating folks to continue to engage in this process from now until the 18th, when early vote ends and we’re looking forward to, you know, a significant turnout on caucus day as well.”

Editor of the Nevada Independent, Jon Ralston, compared the numbers to those of the 2008 primary. He tweeted, “NEWS: Turns out after all was said and done yesterday, turnout in the Nevada caucus on the first day of early voting: 18,538! Damn. Big number. (They were at just under 12K by 5 PM yesterday.) Reminder: 2008: 120K 2016: 80K Three more days of early vote and Caucus Day.”

Currently Bernie Sanders is leading most Nevada state polls, but the race is close and a number of candidates could win.

 



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