The overwhelming victory of the progressive candidate Bernie Sanders in the caucus held on Saturday in Nevada (USA) has not only reinforced his leadership in the race for the Democratic nomination for the November presidential elections, but also makes him an aspirant transversal, attractive to virtually all groups of voters.
It is usual to read in the US press. that President Donald Trump has been campaigning since the same day he swore in office in January 2017, but Sanders has also been preparing for four years and, apparently, so successfully, since he has been able to penetrate bags of voters who in the past resisted him as minorities and even moderates.
GREAT DISTANCE REGARDING THE SECOND IN NEVADA
With 60% of the vote scrutinized in Nevada, the independent senator for Vermont has 46% of the support, at a very considerable distance from the second and former favorite, former Vice President Joe Biden (19.6%), and the third, the former mayor of South Bend (Indiana) Pete Buttigieg (15.3%).
If these results do not change too much when 100% scrutiny is reached, Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg will be the only ones to take delegates from the state (which really counts for the Democratic Party convention in which the candidate will be elected in July), since the rules of the primaries establish that only those who exceed 15% obtain delegates.
Nevada distributes 36 delegates, of which Sanders has already secured 10 and will probably end up playing several more, which will add to the 21 he already had after winning in New Hampshire and was second to very little margin of the first, Buttigieg, in Iowa.
A candidate needs to reach the July convention with a minimum of 1,990 delegates to secure the nomination, a path that, while still complicated for the senator, is becoming more viable after his victory in Nevada and the good expectations that indicate the surveys
THE NEXT APPOINTMENT, SOUTH CAROLINA
In South Carolina, the next appointment on Saturday, February 29 and where 54 delegates are distributed, Biden is leading the way with a vote of 24.5%, but Sanders follows closely with 21.5%, according to the survey aggregator of Real Clear Politics.
Such a result in South Carolina, with a large presence of African-American voters, would give even more signs that the senator is also an attractive option among minorities and that he has already completely chased away the ghosts of 2016.
Only three days after South Carolina, on March 3, will be the super Tuesday, the day in which more delegates of the entire race are distributed and in which they will vote, among others, the two most populous states in the country, California and Texas , where Sanders leads the polls.
SANDERS WOULD MEET WITH KIM JONG-UN IF HE WAS PRESIDENT
In an interview in the “60 Minutes” program that will be broadcast this Sunday, advanced in excerpts, Sanders outlined some points of what would be his foreign policy as president, one of the aspects for which the candidate is least known, and said, among other things, that it would “intervene” if China carried out military actions against Taiwan and that it would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
After Nevada, candidates will split the next few days between South Carolina and the 14 states that vote in the supermartens, which in addition to those cited California and Texas, include Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Oklahoma, Arkansas , Alabama, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Minnesota.
The November election rival of the Democratic candidate who wins the nomination, President Donald Trump, announced Sunday that he will continue his “tradition” of holding a rally in the state where there are Democratic primary just before they take place, with what next Friday will be in South Carolina.
Marc Arcas and Alex Segura