Douglas County Democrats favor Hillary Clinton; Nevada Republicans vote in caucus Tuesday
Douglas County voters gathered at George Whittell High School for the Nevada Democratic Caucus on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Hillary Clinton took 54 percent of Douglas County Democrat votes, while Bernie Sanders received 46 percent, according to http://www.nvcaucuses.com. Statewide results were similar, with Clinton taking 53 percent of caucus votes and Sanders receiving 47 percent. Carson City voters favored Sanders, however, who won 51 percent of the vote. Clinton took 49 percent.
“We had 2,024 people participate in the Douglas County Democratic caucuses on Saturday,” said Kimi Cole, chair for Douglas County Democrats, by email. “Douglas County clerk current voter count shows 5,659 active Democrat voters and 2,206 inactive voters (who did not vote in the last two elections, I believe). It’s very possible that the caucuses brought out a notable contingent of inactive voters and new registrants.”
The Record-Courier’s Aurora Sain reported that “Carson Valley Middle School was one of the caucus locations, and by 10:45 a.m. a line had already begun to form. By 11 a.m. there were several hundred people in line, and it took 90 minutes to get everyone checked in.” The Record-Courier, a sister publication to Tahoe Daily Tribune, serves Minden, Gardnerville and Carson City.
Caucuses are held around the country prior to presidential elections to select party candidates. Only those who are registered with a specific party can participate. Iowa recently held Democratic and Republican caucuses as well. According to the Associated Press, Iowa voters favored Clinton (Democrat) and Ted Cruz (Republican).
The Nevada Republican Caucus was held Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, and results were not available at press time. Check Friday’s Tribune or head online to http://www.tahoedailytribune.com for results.