Bernie Sanders held a significant lead in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, accelerating his momentum in the race for the Democratic nomination against splintered support for his rivals.
Lagging well behind in early returns were Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, hough they were just about the 15% threshold to garner delegates from the state.
Entrance polls showed Sanders doing particularly well with Hispanic voters and young voters, but he also led among white voters and even among voters who call themselves moderate or conservative, according to MSNBC. An CNN exit poll showed Sanders, the oldest candidate in the race, getting an even greater percentage of younger voters - almost seven out of ten.
On the Las Vegas Strip, Sanders won caucuses at the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Rio and Wynn hotels, according to Las Vegas Independent editor Jon Ralston, significant given that the union that represents many hotel workers, the Culinary Workers Union, refused to endorse in the race.
At a rally in El Paso, Texas before the results came in, Sanders initially gave a message of unity that focused on defeating President Donald Trump.
“When I look out at this audience, I have absolute confidence that we can create a government that is based on compassion, is based on love, is based on truth, not what we have now of greed corruption and lies,” Sanders told the crowd. MSNBC carried much of his speech, while the other news networks covered other aspects of the caucus. The Sanders campaign in recent weeks has complained about the tenor of MSNBC’s coverage.
Sanders campaign has drawn larger and enthusiastic crowds in the early states, as well as an army of celebrity supporters young and old. On Friday, the campaign sent out a video endorsement from 94-year-old Dick Van Dyke, who also campaigned for him in 2016.
But his potential nomination has stirred up a great deal of angst in the Democratic establishment, as well as a number of entertainment industry donors who fear an electoral meltdown by running a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket.
James Carville, who has warned Democrats of nominating Sanders. He said that it was foolish to believe that Sanders can greatly expand the electorate by reaching new voters, and that he therefore has a better chance of defeating Donald Trump. “We’re in a whole new ballgame here, and this game could end a little after mid March, and some of these candidates are going to have to make some really hard decisions about who stays in and who gets out and where we go from here,” he said.
The South Carolina primary is Feb. 29, but three days later is Super Tuesday, when California and 13 other states go to the polls. More than one-third of delegates will be picked on March 3.
Fox News made an early projection that Sanders would win the caucuses, based on a determination of its decision desk. Mercedes Schlapp, a former White House official working on Trump’s reelection campaign, said that the results were further evidence that the Democrats were in disarray and would have a brokered convention.
In contrast to Iowa, where a software glitch delayed the results until later in the week, Nevada’s returns began to come in pretty soon after sites wrapped up their vote counting.
But there were still plenty of complaints about the confusing nature of the process. MSNBC even had “spotters,” those fanned out at caucus sites, to gather results on their own. The network reported on a Reno caucus site that broke a tie by doing a card draw.
“It is an antiquated system, it is not fair and it needs to stop,” a woman supporter of Amy Klobuchar told MSNBC at a Henderson caucus site, where there was some disarray about the process.
'A Medicare for All system is designed to provide quality care for all to do preventive work in order to prepare for some types of pandemics, not simply to make huge amounts of money for the insurance companies and the drug companies,' Sanders said on 'Late Night.'
Bernie Sanders explained how Medicare for All would positively impact Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic during a visit toLate Night on Monday.
After host Seth Meyers noted that the pandemic has made people 're-evaluate the current system in health care,' Sanders spoke about how this moment would be different if Medicare for All was in place. 'Millions of people are losing their jobs and some 87 million people already did not have any health insurance or are underinsured,' said Sanders.
'People are sitting home right now scared to death that somebody in their family is gonna come down with the virus. They don't know how they will even pay for the treatment they receive, let alone any other problems their families have,' he continued.
Sanders next touched on how Americans pay 'twice as much per person on health care as any other nation and yet our public health system is so weak.' He added that doctors and nurses are running low on protective equipment to keep both themselves and their patients safe.
'A Medicare for All system is designed to provide quality care for all to do preventive work in order to prepare for some types of pandemics, not simply to make huge amounts of money for the insurance companies and the drug companies,' he explained.
The presidential hopeful also spoke about his Senate floor speech last Wednesday that criticized Republicans for prioritizing corporate bailouts instead of a stimulus package that provides security for low-wage workers who have lost their jobs.
Sanders told Meyers that he used sarcasm to mask his outrage. 'You have folks in the Senate, my Republican colleagues, who voted for a trillion dollars in tax breaks for the 1 percent and large corporations,' he said.
The politician explained that the stimulus package makes more people eligible for unemployment and adds $600 to what someone would normally get from an unemployment check for four months.
'We had some of my Republican colleagues that said, 'Imagine there were some low-income workers who would actually earn more from their unemployment check than they previously did when they were making, you know, 10, 12 bucks an hour. We can't allow that to happen,'' he said. 'To me, that is so ugly, so grotesque, so immoral that I felt compelled to speak out about it.'
Sanders later spoke about how some of his opponents believe that we should accept that people will die from COVID-19.
'It speaks to the hypocrisy of these folks,' he said, before noting that the country should be able to take care of doctors, nurses, EMT workers, police officers and firemen. 'In some cases they're getting sick because they don't have...