BERNIE Sanders is racing into the lead in the Nevada caucuses with a huge 55 percent advantage over the other Democrats.
The Democratic presidential candidate jumped into the lead almost automatically as the voting began Saturday at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
According to early poll estimates, 78-year-old Sanders has emerged as the front-runner[/caption]
According to early poll estimates, 78-year-old Sanders has emerged as the front-runner in the presidential race to take on president Donald Trump later this year.
Following behind Sanders is Joe Biden with 17 percent and Elizabeth Warren with nearly 10 percent.
Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, and Army Klobuchar are trailing behind in the overall results.
The seven Democratic candidates competing in the caucus are Sanders, former vice president Joe Biden, former Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Hawaii Rep Tulsi Gabbard, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, hedge funder Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is not on the Nevada ballot.
The 2020 Nevada Caucuses comes after a brutal Democratic Debate that also took place in Vegas earlier this week.
Voting, which began at noon, shows Sanders was significantly well-liked in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City.
Elizabeth Warren addressed her supporters in New Hampshire[/caption]
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told The Associated Press: “Our goal is to get results as soon as possible.
“But also, first and foremost, to get it right.”
A Sanders’ support at the Bellagio caucus site, 41-year-old Christian Nielsen, said he’s backing the Vermont Senator because he believes the country needs a “major change in the White House.”
He told the Associated Press: “We need somebody in the White House who has been on the right side of history for their entire career, somebody who stands with the working class, and will make things more fair for everybody.”
Sanders left Nevada early to rally supporters in Texas.
The progressive senator told supporters in El Paso that Trump is “a pathological liar running a corrupt administration” and called Trump “a religious bigot.”
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