A Democrat-Socialist movement is growing out of the Democratic National Committee, with the party’s current standard-bearer Sen. Bernie Sanders taking a preliminary 37 percent of the delegates in Nevada, followed by Joe Biden at 24 percent, and Pete Buttigieg at 18 percent. Elizabeth Warren didn’t qualify for a single delegate from Nevada.
Sanders has won at least 13 delegates so far from Nevada, with 50 percent of the caucus votes counted. Nevada Democrats will send 48 delegates to the National Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin, of which 36 are pledged delegates that come from the results of the caucuses. Hours after the caucuses closed, the results were not yet tabulated.
The difference from 2016 is striking. In that year, Hillary Clinton won 20 delegates with 52.64 percent of the caucus vote, and Sanders won 15 delegates, with 47.29 percent. His win this year is a stomping of the competition.
Here are the apparent totals for delegates so far (will be updated when Nevada is totaled):
- Bernie Sanders: 34
- Pete Buttigieg: 23
- Joe Biden: 8
- Elizabeth Warren: 8
- Amy Klobuchar: 7
- Michael Bloomberg: 0
- Tom Steyer: 0
At the Democratic National Convention, a candidate will win the nomination when a simple majority (1,991 out of 3,979) total pledged delegates support the candidate.
The next Democrat debate will be Feb. 25, hosted by CBS News BET Twitter Congressional Black Caucus Institute.
The next primary is in South Carolina on Feb. 29. It’s a state that Biden has polled well in, but observers expect the momentum will shift to Sanders.