Feb. 20, 2016 Nevada Democratic Precinct Caucuses:
Results and Reactions

Bernie 2016

Sanders Statement on Nevada

LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders on Saturday congratulated Hillary Clinton on her victory in Nevada’s closely-contested caucuses and looked ahead to carrying his campaign for the White House to primaries and caucuses across the country.

“I just spoke to Secretary Clinton and congratulated her on her victory here in Nevada. I am very proud of the campaign we ran. Five weeks ago we were 25 points behind and we ended up in a very close election. And we probably will leave Nevada with a solid share of the delegates,” Sanders said.

“I am also proud of the fact that we have brought many working people and young people into the political process and believe that we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday. I want to thank the people of Nevada for their support that they have given us and the boost that their support will give us as we go forward,” Sanders added.

The close Nevada outcome follows Sanders’ 22-point victory on Feb. 9 in New Hampshire and a virtual tie on Feb. 1 in Iowa. The contest moves next to South Carolina, where Democrats vote on Feb. 27, and then to states across the country.


Sanders Wins Latino Vote in Nevada

LAS VEGAS – After trailing by as many as 50 points in Nevada, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled within 4 points of former Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Nevada caucuses.

A key factor in Sanders making up so much ground in Nevada was his strong showing with Latino voters. According to entrance polls Sanders won among Latino voters by 8 points.

"What we learned today is Hillary Clinton's firewall with Latino voters is a myth," Arturo Carmona, deputy political director for Bernie 2016, said. "The Latino community responded strongly to Bernie Sanders' message of immigration reform and creating an economy that works for all families. This is critically important as we move ahead to states like Colorado, Arizona, Texas and California."

Hillary for America

Clinton on Nevada Victory: This is a 'Campaign to Break Down Every Barrier that Holds you Back'

Hillary Clinton gave victory remarks in Las Vegas tonight, thanking her supporters and highlighting her agenda to break down barriers. In her remarks, Clinton said: “This is your campaign.  It is a campaign to break down every barrier that holds you back.”
The transcript of the remarks as delivered is below. 
“Thank you, Nevada!  Thank you so much!  Thank you so much!
"I am so, so thrilled and so grateful to all my supporters out there.  Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other.  This one’s for you!
"I want to congratulate Senator Sanders on a hard-fought race here.  And I want to thank each and every one of you.  You turned out in every corner of this state, with determination and purpose.  Hotel and casino workers who never wavered.  Students with too much debt, and small business owners who never go off the clock.  Tens of thousands of men and women with kids to raise, bills to pay, and dreams that won’t die.
"This is your campaign.  And it is – it is a campaign to break down every barrier that holds you back.  We’re going to build ladders of opportunity in their place, so every American can go as far as your hard work can take you.
"And to the thousands of volunteers and organizers who worked so hard in this state, to the more than 750,000 people who’ve gone to HillaryClinton.com and contributed what you could, the vast majority giving less $100, and to the millions of people across this country who are supporting our campaign, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We hear you.  We see you.  We're incredibly grateful to you because we're in this together.
"We look at our country and see so much that isn’t working the way it should.  We see grandparents forced to choose between paying rent and buying medicine because a prescription drug company has increased prices 5,000 percent overnight.  We see African-American families denied mortgages at nearly three times the rate of white families.  We see small towns and rural communities hollowed out by lost jobs and lost hopes.  We see a rising generation of young people coming of age in a world where opportunity seems out of reach.  And worst of all, we see children growing up in poverty or pain or fear. 
"Here in Nevada, a brave young girl told me how scared she is that her parents are could be deported.  In South Carolina, I met kids trying to learn in crumbling classrooms and neglected communities.  Then there’s Flint, Michigan, where children were poisoned by toxic water just because their governor wanted to save a little money.  So Americans, Americans are right to be angry.  But we’re also hungry for real solutions. 
"In the campaign, you’ve heard a lot about Washington and Wall Street.  We all want to get secret, unaccountable money out of politics.  That starts with appointing a new justice to the Supreme Court who will protect the right of every citizen to vote, not every corporation to buy elections.  And we also agree that Wall Street can never be allowed to threaten Main Street again.  No bank can be too big to fail, no executive can be too powerful to jail.  But if we listen to the voices of Flint and Ferguson, if we open our hearts to the families of Coal Country and Indian Country, if we listen to the hopes and heartaches of hardworking people across America, it’s clear there’s so much more to be done.
"The truth is, we aren’t a single-issue country.  We need more than a plan for the big banks.  The middle class needs a raise and we need more jobs.  We need jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.  We can do it the entrepreneurs and small businesses.  We can do it with new investments in manufacturing, infrastructure, and clean energy, especially here in Nevada, the center of solar power.  Some country going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.  It’s either going to be China, Germany, or us, and I want it to be us.  And it will be when I’m president.
"We also have to do more to make it easier for parents to balance work and family, and break down barriers that keep so many people on the sidelines of the economy, especially women.  Don’t you think we’ve waited long enough?  It’s time for equal pay for equal work!
"Don't you think it's time to face head-on the reality of systemic racism and investing in communities that have been left out and left behind?  that means reforming our criminal justice system, our immigration systems.  Ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to work and fully participate in our society.  It means to make sure nothing holds you back – not debt, not discrimination, not a deck stacked for those at the top. 
"Now, no one can get this done alone – not even the President of the United States.  It’s got to be the mission of our entire nation.  I’ve never believed in dividing America between “us” and “them.”  We’re all in this together.  And we all have to do our part.  So let me say this to the men and women who run our country’s corporations:  If you cheat your employees, exploit consumers, pollute our environment, or rip off the taxpayers, we’re going to hold you accountable.  But if you do the right things, invest in your workers, contribute to your communities, and help build a better America, we’re going to stand with you.  We're going to go into the future together.  We need more jobs.  We need more opportunity.
"And I want to say this to all the young people out there:  I know what you’re up against. If you left college with a ton of loans, it’s not enough just to make college more affordable.  You need help right now with the debt you already have.  That’s why I have a plan to cut your interest rates and cap payments so you never have to pay more than you can afford.  But I want you to – I want you to think about this.  It can’t be just about what we’re going to give you.  It has to be about what we’re going to build together.  Your generation is the most tolerant and connected our country has ever seen.  In the days ahead, we’ll propose new ways for more Americans to get involved in national service and give back to our communities because every one of us has a role to play in building the future we want.  Washington is never going to have all the answers.  But for every problem we face, someone somewhere in America is solving it.  And we need you to be part of that exciting journey we can make together.
"We need the community activist who decides to run for school board.  The entrepreneur who stays instead of leaving a hometown who has seen better days.  We need millions of teachers and nurses, police officers and firefighters who get up every day and do quiet, heroic work to make our country a safer, fairer, better place.   It’s going to take each of us, working together, growing together, looking out for one another and lifting each other up.  Because there’s a basic truth about this country:  America can only live up to its potential when each and every American has the chance to live up to our own potential, too.
"Because there is a basic truth about America.  It's something that Bill and I have been the beneficiaries of, that we have tried to contribute to and do all we could to continue.  America can only live up to its potential when each and every American has the chance to live up to your potential, too.  So imagine, imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation. and every child in every zip code gets the education he or she needs and deserves.  Imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement.  Where small businesses thrive, and big businesses play by the rules and give more back to the country that has given them so much.  Where hard work is honored, families are supported and communities are strong. With your help, that is the tomorrow we will build for our country.
"Please join us.  Go to HillaryClinton.com and become a part of this campaign.  Or text 47246, JOIN, right now.  Now I am heading on – I am on my way to Texas.  I'm on my way to Texas.  Bill is on his way to Colorado.  The fight goes on.  The future that we want is within our grasp.  Thank you, all.  God bless you!"
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For Immediate Release, February 20, 2016

Correct the Record [pro-Clinton]
CONTACT: Correct The Record
Lizzy Price / Daniel Wessel


Washington, DC — Correct The Record President Brad Woodhouse released the following statement in response to today's Nevada caucus results.
"Today's results reinforce Secretary Clinton's broad appeal to people of all backgrounds and all walks of life as the best choice to break barriers for multitudes of families seeking to get ahead," said Brad Woodhouse, President of Correct The Record. “It is clear that the majority of Nevada delegates, like those of Iowa before it, will support Hillary Clinton because she is the best choice to lead our country and build on President Obama’s hard-earned progress.
"Many pundits have recently predicted a Sanders upset in Nevada. But it is no wonder that over the last few days as Bernie Sanders sounded more and more like a Republican with his persistent criticism of Democrats like President Clinton and President Obama, and as Hillary Clinton’s message to break barriers became clearer, Nevadans turned to a progressive who gets things done:  Hillary Clinton.
"While repeated applause lines might get hands clapping, true progress happens with leaders who can take action beyond a single issue. Hillary Clinton and her message of breaking barriers for all Americans across the nation will continue to strengthen as we approach South Carolina and Super Tuesday.”

Correct The Record is a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks.

February 21, 2016

Stop Saying Sanders won the Latino Vote

Brian Fallon (@brianefallon)
UPDATE: In Nevada's Latino-majority precincts, Clinton won 207 delegates and Sanders won just 130. Proves entrance polls were wrong.
February 20, 2016

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Sec. Hillary Clinton’s Victory in the Nevada Caucus

Washington, D.C. — AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on Sec. Hillary Clinton’s victory in the Nevada caucus:

“Tonight, Nevada’s working people stood up for Secretary Clinton because they know she will stand up for them and fight every day to make real progress on issues that affect their families and communities. From protecting and expanding President Obama’s signature health care law, to improving incomes and investing in our crumbling infrastructure, no one is better prepared to create an economy that works for everyone than Hillary Clinton.

“The tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers in Nevada showcased the enthusiasm and grassroots organizing power of the working people who support Hillary Clinton. AFSCME public service workers in Nevada were a key partner in the joint GOTC effort among unions that endorsed Hillary Clinton. AFSCME members knocked on more than 3,500 doors, and the coalition efforts resulted in more than 10,000 personal conversations about how to caucus for Hillary Clinton.

“As the contest for the Democratic nomination advances, we will continue to make the case to our friends and co-workers across the country that Hillary Clinton is the champion working families need in the White House.”

Following key Nevada win, Educators for Hillary roll up sleeves and get back to work

With 2 out of 3 key victories, campaign carries momentum on towards South Carolina and Super Tuesday

WASHINGTON - February 20, 2016 - Hillary Clinton won the key Nevada caucuses today with strong support from the Silver State educators.  The Nevada State Education Association, the NEA’s state affiliate, represents more than 28,000 members. Educators have played a major role in the grassroots effort that has been key to Clinton’s victories in two out of the first 3 states in the Democratic nomination process. The Educators for Hillary campaign engaged in a robust, targeted, and well-organized communications and field programs, including digital ads, direct mail, phone banking, knocking on doors, recruiting caucus captains, and organizing supporters to caucus on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“Hillary Clinton has clearly seized momentum as we head into South Carolina and Super Tuesday. Educators know that now more than ever, we need a champion for students. We need a strong and effective leader who will do what is best for the future of all of America’s students and working families. The obvious choice is Hillary.

“Educators across the country are enthusiastic and making their presence felt on the ground to ensure Hillary wins. With an Iowa victory and now Nevada, educators are ready to continue rolling into March standing up for Hillary because they know she will fight for every student, regardless of their ZIP code.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at www.nea.org.

Human Rights Campaign
February 20, 2016

Hillary Clinton Wins Nevada Democratic Caucuses

Today, HRC released the following statement after Hillary Clinton was declared the winner in the “First in the West,” Nevada caucuses:

“Today, the Silver State helped ensure we will send another champion for LGBT equality to the White House,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “We’re proud of HRC’s members and supporters throughout Nevada and across the country who have stepped up to fight alongside Hillary Clinton in this election. For millions of LGBT people across our nation, everything is at stake in November.  The leading Republican contenders have campaigned to block future progress on LGBT equality and to revoke, repeal, and overturn the gains we’ve made during President Obama’s time in office, and we must ensure no opponent of equality ever occupies the Oval Office.  Hillary Clinton has proven she has the record, the vision, and the strategy to win and lead from her first day in office.”

The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Hillary Clinton and sent staff to organize members and supporters in key early states including Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada -- and South Carolina ahead ofnext Saturday's primary.

With 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide HRC is planning an unprecedented organizational effort to register and mobilize the nation’s pro-equality majority and elect pro-LGBT candidates up and down the ballot. In 2016, HRC expects that the pro-equality vote will be larger, stronger, and more energized than at any point in history.

Exit polls show that in 2012 at least six million LGB Americans voted in an election decided by less than five million votes. Today, in key states like Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida, the population of LGBT adults is greater than the average margin of victory in the last three presidential elections.

Polling done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC shows that a 55 percent majority of voters are less likely to support a candidate for president who opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry. This majority includes Independents, married women and white millennials. All of these groups voted Republican in the last congressional election.

Nevada Democratic Party

NV Dems Chair: Enthusiastic Turnout Points to a Strong 2016 for Democrats

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange released the following statement on today’s First in the West presidential caucus:

“Today, Nevadans gathered with their friends and neighbors to make their voices heard about the future of the Democratic Party and our nation. I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for running vigorous and engaging campaigns all across our state. An estimated 80,000 Nevadans participated today, and an enthusiastic turnout that points to a strong 2016 for our party. More than 31,000 Nevadans successfully pre-registered online using our innovative new Caucus Express tool. Thousands of Nevadans used our online caucus locator tool. Our field organizing team secured 250 caucus locations statewide, recruited more than 1,000 energetic volunteers and hosted more than 300 mock caucus trainings.

“Iowa and New Hampshire might be the first two states in this process, but Nevadans made clear today why we earned our early spot on this calendar. Nevada is the only early state that truly reflects America’s diversity. We are proud that the Latino caucus participation increased in 2016. We’re the only early state with a diverse workforce, where organized labor – the backbone of the Democratic Party – has a significant presence.

“We are looking forward to harnessing this energy and building momentum for November. Nevada Democrats are poised to win Nevada for our Democratic presidential nominee, elect Catherine Cortez Masto as the first Latina U.S. Senator in history, re-elect Dina Titus, pick up seats in Congress and reclaim our Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly.”

Democratic National Committee

DNC Chair Statement on Nevada Caucuses

WASHINGTON - Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:
“Today was a huge success for Nevada Democrats, who gathered with their neighbors, friends and coworkers to caucus for their candidates with energy and enthusiasm. In Iowa, our two Democratic candidates turned out nearly as many caucus-goers as eleven Republicans, and in New Hampshire, nearly as many voters as eight Republicans. The strong turnout of eighty thousand Nevadans bodes well for Democrats in November, and I congratulate both of our candidates for running strong campaigns, as well as Hillary Clinton, for her victory.
“Nevada was among the states hardest hit by the failed Republican policies that preceded the Great Recession, with too many families losing their jobs, their homes and their savings. The hard-working people of Nevada know what’s at stake in these elections, and that we need to elect a Democrat as our 45th President to keep America moving forward.”


Republican National Committee

RNC Statement On The Nevada Democrat Caucus 

WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on the Nevada caucus: 
“Hillary Clinton’s surprising underperformance in a state she should have won handily is another blow for her struggling campaign. Coming off a disastrous 22-point loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton fell far short of the resounding victory she needed to calm the nerves of the Democrat establishment. Just weeks ago, the Clinton campaign was projecting a blowout but they once again had to pull out all of the stops to avoid another loss.
“The fact Bernie Sanders has shown the ability to compete anywhere on the map says as much about Democrats’ dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton and her weaknesses as a candidate as it does about the sharp left turn their Party has taken. A prolonged nominating contest where Hillary Clinton is forced to outflank a self-avowed socialist will only make it easier for Republicans to recapture the White House.”

Nevada Democratic Party
Caucus FAQ

What are Nevada’s First in the West caucuses?

Nevada’s First in the West caucuses are neighborhood meetings where Democrats come together to declare their presidential preference. As the third state in the country and the first in the West to participate in the process of selecting our Democratic nominee, Nevadans have a unique opportunity on Saturday, February 20 to make their voices heard about the future of our party and our nation. These caucuses will help Nevada Democrats gear up early for the 2016 general election.

Where will caucuses take place across Nevada?

The NV Dems have set up about 250 caucus locations statewide. Nevadans should use our caucus locator tool to find their correct precinct caucus: nvdems.com/caucus/locations.

Who can participate in the caucuses?

Any registered Democratic voter can participate, and Democrats allow same-day voter registration for those who need to update their information or change party affiliation. Any eligible voter who will be 18 years old by Election Day (November 8, 2016) can caucus.

What time will the caucuses start? How long will they take?

Registration and check-in opens at 11 a.m. PT. Nevadans must be in line by 12 noon to participate. Precinct caucuses are allowed to start dividing into preference groups after 12 noon once attendees have been checked in. Results will come in on a rolling basis after that. It will depend on each precinct, but the first results should start coming in early afternoon.

How do the Democratic caucuses work?

Eligible caucus goers divide to form presidential preference groups. If a candidate’s preference group doesn’t have enough people to be “viable,” then those attendees will have an opportunity to join another preference group or join together with another non-viable group to become a viable group. Precinct-level delegates are awarded to the preference groups based on their size.

When and how is a deck of cards used as a tie-breaker?

In the rare circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a precinct-level delegate and have the same lowest or highest decimal, groups must draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. High card determines winner.

How are results reported?

Up to 12,359 precinct-level delegates will be awarded on Saturday. These results will be reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party by precinct chairs through either a toll-free phone number using interactive voice response (IVR) technology, or a secure web form. This reporting system will allow the party to provide accurate and timely results to the public. The NV Dems have a website reporting precinct results, which includes a county-by-county interactive precinct map: nvcaucuses.com.

How many national (district-level) delegates are up for grabs on Saturday?

Nevada sends a total of 43 delegates and three alternates to the Democratic National Convention. There are 23 pledged district-level delegates that will ultimately be awarded to the national convention based proportionally on Saturday’s precinct-level caucus results. The First Congressional District will award five delegates, and the Second, Third and Fourth Congressional Districts will each award six delegates to each candidate based on the percentage of the precinct caucus vote. There are also five pledged party leaders and elected official delegates and seven at- large delegates that are elected proportionally from the state convention.

National Delegate Category
District-Level Delegates
Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates
Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates
At-Large Delegates

What about the unpledged delegates, or “superdelegates”?

None of Nevada’s eight unpledged delegates are up for grabs on February 20. Unpledged delegates aren't bound to any particular candidate and can shift their support, as many did in the 2008 primary. The only delegates allocated on February 20 are the 23 pledged district-level delegates.

Why is Nevada an early caucus state?

Nevada has used a presidential caucus system for decades. Ahead of the 2008 election cycle, the Democratic National Committee formally moved Nevada up in the nominating calendar because of our growing diversity, the importance of the West, and our designation as a caucus state. Nearly half of Nevada’s population is non-white: 28% Latino, 9% African American, and 9% Asian American / Pacific Islander. U.S. Senator Harry Reid played a critical role in securing our early-state status.

What are the rules for press on Caucus Day?

Our caucus volunteers need to be prepared to handle and verify members of the media who wish to attend a caucus. You are required to email press@nvdems.com to confirm your plans. If you are in Clark County, pick up media credentials on Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at MEET Las Vegas, 233 S 4th Street. As a guest observer, any broadcast equipment must be set up and used in a way that will not hinder or obstruct the participation of any caucus attendee.