Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stole the show in the Silver State, with Nevadans taking a gamble on a socialist to run against a conservative capitalist, President Donald Trump, for the White House, with one-time frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, registering a distant second with less than half the number of votes in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses.
With 50% of precincts reporting and 11 of Nevada’s 36 delegates rewarded so far, here is the rundown as of early Sunday morning (1,991 total delegates required to win Democratic nomination):
- Bernie Sanders- 46.6%, 3,564 city delegates, 21,864 votes, 9 Nevada delegates, 36 total delegates
- Joe Biden- 19.2%, 1,471 city delegates, 9,921 votes, 2 Nevada delegates, 8 total delegates
- Pete Buttigieg- 15.4%, 1,175 city delegates, 10.046 votes, 0 Nevada delegates, 23 total delegates
- Elizabeth Warren- 10.3%, 785 city delegates, 6,643 votes, 0 Nevada delegates, 8 total delegates
- Amy Klobuchar- 4.5%, 345 city delegates, 4,179 votes, 0 Nevada delegates, 7 total delegates
- Tom Steyer- 3.8%, 288 city delegates, 1,864 votes, 0 Nevada delegates, 0 total delegates
Sanders confident, Biden encouraged, Buttigieg testy, Warren hopeful
With Fox News projecting Sanders being the winner with half the precincts reporting, the victor took to Twitter to strut his latest triumph and declare the beginning of a socialist revolution to take over capitalism, the White House and the country.
“We just won the Nevada caucus,” Sanders tweeted from a rally Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas. “This grassroots movement is unstoppable. Together, let's win the Democratic nomination, defeat Trump and transform the country.”
While campaigning in anticipation of Super Tuesday, the millionaire socialist declared himself to Texan supporters as being the candidate for all generations and races.
“[I have put] together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition [and] it's going to sweep this country," Sanders boasted, according to Fox News.
Trump commended Sanders for his win, derided the performance of his challengers and warned the renegade socialist about letting establishment Democrats hijack the race from him – as many say Clinton did back in 2016.
"Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates. Congratulations, Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!”
Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale pointed out how the polar opposite of Trump’s conservative campaign and the most radically left of his potential Democratic rivals is leading the socialist charge to try and take over America.
"There is no denying that Big Government Socialism dominated again as Bernie Sanders remained the leader of the leftist pack,” Parscale observed, according to TheBlaze. “We are another day closer to Election Day and another day closer to re-electing President Trump."
Losers chime in
Even though Sanders won decisively as forecasted, Biden felt energized from posting his best performance in three states – in second place.
“A Biden second-place finish is significantly stronger than the disappointing fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the first two states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and keeps alive his campaign's narrative that he is the best pick to occupy the centrist lane to beat Sanders and eventually Trump,” Fox News reported. “But, depending on the size of Sanders' eventual victory, may raise questions about whether Biden can catch Sanders – and whether centrists should rally around a different candidate.”
Former President Barack Obama’s running mate expressed optimism and vowed a comeback in the primaries ahead.
"We're alive and we’re coming back, and we’re going to win," Biden promised, according to Fox. "We're going to win in South Carolina and then Super Tuesday, and we are on our way."
He then took a shot at Sanders.
“I ain’t a socialist, I’m not a plutocrat – I’m a Democrat,” Biden asserted, according to The Associated Press (AP).
Sanders supporters boast that his Nevada victory proved something that his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire did not – that he can win in states with more ethnically diverse populations, as Nevada is 29% Latino, 10% black and 9% Asian American/Pacific Islander.
Apparently not happy with his lackluster Nevada performance in third place, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg – America’s first openly homosexual presidential candidate – took a stab at Sanders, urging Americans to not be in a “rush” to vote for the most radical candidate and hand Trump the election in his concession speech.
“Before we rush to nominate Senator Sanders in our one shot to take on this president, let’s take a sober look at what is at stake for our party, for our values and for those with so much to lose,” Buttigieg warned, according to AP. “Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats – not to mention most Americans.”
With her third consecutive disappointing finish, fourth-place finisher Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ripped her rival, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg – who was not on the ballot in Nevada – after thanking her Nevada supporters.
“[Thank you, Nevada], for keeping me in the fight,” she said during a campaign rally in Seattle in an AP report. “[I want to talk about] a big threat – not a tall one, but a big one – Michael Bloomberg.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) managed to spill out an optimistic interpretation of her fifth-place finish – counting survival a victory in and of itself.
"They’re counting the votes, but, as usual, I think we have exceeded expectations,” Klobuchar expressed, according to AP “[A] lot of people didn’t think I’d be standing at this point.”