Buttigieg demands Nevada Democrats fix 'errors' in vote count

Henrietta Brewer
February 27, 2020

Mr Sanders's win solidified his front-runner status in the crowded field as the race turns to Saturday's presidential primary in SC, where his moderate opponents will scramble to try to blunt the Vermont senator's momentum.

Mr Sanders said his Nevada win showed his ability to build a broad coalition and a strong grassroots movement.

The Vermont senator gave a victory speech at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday evening.

"Together we will defeat the most unsafe president in the modern history of this country", Sanders told a cheering throng of supporters in Houston.

With Super Tuesday approaching, Bernie Sanders is making the rounds in Texas.

But after Sanders came in virtually tied for first in Iowa and then won in New Hampshire, his undeniable victory in Nevada places him squarely in the driver's seat, at least for now. The Super Tuesday states will be the first nominating contests for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who did not compete in the four early voting states but who has been rising in opinion polls.

In the Democratic primary, among likely primary voters, Sen. He had been in desperate need of a strong showing after poor finishes in the first two contests.

"The press is ready to declare people dead quickly, but we're alive and we're coming back and we're gonna win", Biden told supporters in Las Vegas.

The top three with 13.9% of the votes was closed by former mayor of the city of South Bend (Indiana), Pete Buttidzhich.

"I went for Bernie". But the 38-year-old military veteran offered a stern warning against picking a self-described democratic socialist who sees "capitalism as the root of all evil" going up against the populist Trump.

The letter asked the state party to "release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct", "correct any outstanding second alignment errors identified by presidential campaigns, including ours" and "explain anomalies in the data".

How has Bernie Sanders done so well?

Polling agency Edison Research reported that 54% of Hispanics had made a decision to vote for him before the caucuses.

But some Democrats say those policies will make him an easy target for President Donald Trump as a radical leftist, and that if he heads the Democratic ticket in November, the party could face sweeping losses. Unlike Biden and Buttigieg, who have relied on wealthy donors maxing out donations to their campaigns, Sanders has cultivated a large and reliable network of small-dollar grassroots donors who have allowed him to match or out-raise his opponents in every quarter so far.

While his fellow contenders were in church, Sanders held a rally in Houston, Texas, on Sunday and projected himself a victor in that state and in November's general election.

While Sanders' rivals tried to blunt his momentum in the caucuses, they each faced significant challenges of their own. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren had 10.3 per cent, while Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar got 4.5 per cent.

But those early votes had to be counted along with those cast on Saturday, complicating the process.

Sanders - a democratic socialist who supports taxpayer-funded Medicare for All including the elimination of private health care plans; tuition-free college including the elimination of all college debt; and the Green New Deal - appeared to solidify his base in Nevada, not only appealing to younger, more liberal voters but also with voters ages 45 to 64, Hispanics and those with college degrees, according to exit polling.

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