Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar spoke to supporters in Las Vegas on Saturday (February 22) with hopes of swaying voters to support her in the Nevada caucus. Bernie Sanders has led national polls among Hispanics, who represented about one-fifth of the Democratic electorate in the 2016 Nevada caucus. He has led the last five opinion polls in the state.
Klobuchar told supporters that four more years of Donald Trump’s presidency would be harmful to the country’s democracy.
Nevada is the first nominating state with a diverse population after contests in predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire. More than four of every 10 voters in the Nevada Democratic caucuses in 2016 were non-white, according to entrance polls.
Sanders lost Nevada to Clinton by five percentage points during his first presidential bid in 2016, but this time he faces a far more splintered field that includes three centrist candidates – Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar – all vying to win votes of the party’s moderate wing.
Buttigieg and Klobuchar lag in support among non-white voters, who are a core part of the Democratic electorate and typically a significant factor in primary battles.
Voters will turn up at more than 250 sites around Nevada to take part in the caucuses, and officials say they have taken steps to avoid the chaos that a malfunctioning app caused in Iowa by switching to a system with multiple backups using paper, phones and iPads.