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Hillary Clinton managed to defeat Bernie Sanders in their duel in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday and it was a victory she needed badly. While it wasn’t actually a Pyrrhic victory as some put it, it did reveal a few vulnerabilities in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. According to charts, Clinton had 52.7% of the vote, compared to Sanders’ 47.2%. Although the race initially appeared to be neck-and-neck, the result showed Clinton’s domination and was called by the Associated Press shortly after 2.20pm local time.
The former Secretary of State is apparently very proud of her achievements and probably has a constant, ear-to-ear-wide smile now that she has managed to make a comeback in the Democratic race. At first, she was tied to Sanders in Iowa and was even easily beaten in New Hampshire. Her victory party, held at Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas, was an epitome of ecstasy, with Clinton boosting the mood even further with inspiring quotes.
Here’s what she said:
“Some may have doubted us but we never doubted each other!”
Quite spectacular, yes.
While Clinton openly congratulated Sanders on a hard-fought battle, she obviously couldn’t help but add a barely-concealed criticism of his work, explaining that America isn’t a single-issue country and that we need more than a plan for the “big banks,” meaning that the middle class needs a boost. Bill Clinton has also become more active in the field, according to Hillary.
To quote her:
“I am on my way to Texas, Bill is on his way to Colorado.
The fight is on, the future that we want is within our grasp.”
The reference in her speech to her husband coincided with the former president’s increasing role in the family plot to retake the White House. Let’s take a moment to remember the campaign moment in Nevada when Bill Clinton locked horns with Sanders, openly implicating that his populism is rather similar to that of the conservative Tea Party. The Vermont senator immediately struck back, aiming at the former president’s trade deals, Wall Street deregulation, as well as fake welfare reforms.
Speaking of good ole’ Sanders, his fire is far from extinguished. Some candidates would be devastated by results such as these (seeing as many people believe that his race is finished), but Sanders managed to strike a rather upbeat tone in his concession speech on Saturday, claiming he’s got “the wind at his back” despite the defeat in Nevada. He pointed out that the lead that his opponents had has shrunk drastically.
Here’s what he said:
“Five weeks ago, we were 25 points behind in the polls. We have made some real progress. I believe on Super Tuesday we have got an excellent chance to win many of those states.”
Clinton’s win comes with at least 19 of Nevada’s 35 delegates, which looks like a nice addition to her already significant lead in that count, mostly thanks to the support of superdelegates. The Democratic race will proceed with unfolding in South Carolina, where Clinton is enjoying a formidable 20-point lead.
She also has a bulk of African Americans backing her up (who happen to be the key demographic in the state) and a throng of Latinos. This was Clinton’s plan from the beginning – knowing that she would not end well with the predominately white states, she hoped that her results would boom once the nomination process moved to states like Nevada and South Carolina, both of which have a more mixed ethnic and racial makeup.
However, this turned out to be only partly true in Nevada. Even though she clinched the vote by a comfortable margin, she actually lost the vote of the state’s key demographic of Latino voters. Sanders was, in fact, the one to win the Latinos over and according to the sample data, he beat her with a stable 53% compared to 45%. Even though she won Nevada, it’s still a worrying result for Clinton, as she has developed her entire campaign on the promise of winning minority voters.
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