Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd at a rally on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd at a rally on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The rally encouraged people to vote to participate in the political process. Photo courtesy of Karolina Rivas.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting results, Senator Bernie Sanders received 46.8 percent of the total Nevada county convention delegates, effectively making him the winner of the Nevada caucuses which took place on Feb. 22, 2020.

Former vice president Joe Biden followed in second at 20 percent and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg trailed him at 13.9 percent. Senator Elizabeth Warren won 9.8 percent of the state’s county convention delegates, while Tom Steyer received 4.6 percent. Senator Amy Klobuchar followed him closely with 4.2 percent.

Buttigieg’s campaign, in a letter sent to Nevada Democratic Chairman William McCurdy II on Feb. 22, asked the party to provide more data and correct errors related to irregularities. The state party responded on Sunday and told the campaign that it was continuing to report results, according to the Nevada Independent. 

This isn’t the first time Buttigieg’s campaign has requested a state party to verify their results. In the current (and still contested, according to AP) results from Iowa, Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied, with both winning 26.2 percent of the state delegate equivalents. Sanders’ and Buttigieg’s campaigns requested a recanvass of those results after it was revealed that the app being used by the Iowa Democratic Party showed inconsistencies. 

Warren trailed them at 18 percent, followed by Biden at 15.8 percent and Klobuchar at 12.3 percent. 

In New Hampshire, a primary was held, rather than a caucus like in Iowa and Nevada. Sanders won 25.7 percent of the vote—a 1.3 point lead over Buttigieg. They received that same amount of delegates.

Klobuchar followed Buttigieg at 19.8 percent, trailed by Watten at 9.2 percent and Biden at 8.4 percent.

According to results by the Associated Press, Bernie Sanders leads in 12 of 16 Nevada counties, including Nevada most populous counties, Washoe and Clark. Buttigieg leads in 4 counties and Steyer won the most delegates in Mineral County. 

This is the first year Nevada has had early voting for presidential caucuses. According to the Nevada Democratic Party, almost 75,000 Democrats voted during the early voting period. This compares to 2016, where 84,000 Democrats voted during the caucuses in Nevada.  

The South Carolina primary will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, followed by Super Tuesday on Mar. 3, where 14 states will vote.
Taylor Avery can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @travery98.