Frances Johnson

Hillary vs. Bernie: Who will take Nevada?

The Silver State, or the Atomic Wasteland — as residents in its neighbor to the west call it — is preparing for its upcoming Democratic caucuses. On Feb. 20, Nevada residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Democratic caucuses to choose their desired candidate.

Now, why do states use caucuses instead of regular voting?  Good question, I wouldn’t know what to tell you.  However, caucuses for either party function differently, making the whole process even more confusing.

In short, this is how a Democratic caucus works:  Party supporters show up at their designated caucus location in their county based on their address — called a precinct — and decide which candidate they want to support.  Say there are three candidates.  If one candidate clearly has the fewest number of supporters, supporters from the other two sides try to sway the “loser’s” supporters.  Whichever candidate gets the most support from this particular precinct, wins.  The winners from each precinct are added up and the overall winner wins the county.  Whoever wins over the most counties wins the state’s party caucus.  Easy enough, right?

During the Iowa caucuses, the LA Times created a video to show viewers how caucuses function.  People like me, who come from states that cast ballots, probably found it useful, especially when gummy bears demonstrated how caucuses work.  Here’s the video if you’re interested:

The Nevada Democratic caucus is going to be one hell of a show.  In a recent CNN poll, 48 percent of potential caucus-goers support Hillary Clinton and 47 percent support Bernie Sanders.  It’s going to be a close one, and I’m excited to see the outcome of it.


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