Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday (February 23) was cheered on by thousands of supporters in Texas, where he said, “The reason we are going to defeat Trump, is that Americans, regardless of their political views, are sick and tired of a President who lies all the time.”
Broad-based support across age, racial and ideological groups propelled Sanders to a dominant victory in Nevada’s Democratic caucuses, tightening his grip on the front-runner spot in the race to find a challenger to President Donald Trump.
Sanders’ triumph on Saturday in the first racially diverse state in the campaign suggested he was reaching a broader coalition of Democratic voters with his unapologetic message of social and economic justice, including his signature pledge to provide universal healthcare for all Americans.
For Biden and other moderates who argue Sanders is too liberal to beat Trump and who have been trying to blunt his momentum, however, the Nevada results made the job much harder.
Trump speaking to reporters at the White House as he departed for a trip to India said Nevada was a “great win” for Sanders, adding that he did not care who his opponent would be.
By Sunday morning, with 50% of the precincts reporting, Sanders had 47% of the county convention delegates in Nevada. Biden was a distant second to Sanders with 19%, but ahead of former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, in third place with 15%.
The race now begins to broaden across the country, with the South Carolina primary followed closely by the Super Tuesday contests in 14 states on March 3 that pick more than one-third of the pledged delegates who will help select a Democratic nominee.
The Super Tuesday states will be the first nominating contests for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has not been competing in the four early voting states but had been rising in opinion polls.
Sanders was aided by strong support from the six in 10 voters who said they backed a government-run Medicare for All, the Edison entrance poll showed.
(Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)