Nevada early caucus participation surges

A large early turnout at the Nevada Democratic caucuses may be a positive sign for Bernie Sanders.
A large early turnout at the Nevada Democratic caucuses may be a positive sign for Bernie Sanders.

Nearly 75,000 Nevadans have participated early in the state's Democratic US presidential nominating contest, the party says, in a sign of a potentially large turnout in the first test for the candidates in the diverse western United States. Nevada on Saturday holds its caucuses, the third contest in the state-by-state battle to determine a Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 election. The party said the majority of the early caucus voters were first time participants in the process. The number of early participants is nearly as high as the entire caucus count from 2016, when 84,000 Nevadans participated. The large early turnout might represent a positive sign for US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is relying on bringing in new voters to fuel his campaign. "From the beginning, NV Dems has been committed to executing the most accessible, expansive, and transparent caucus yet in 2020," Alana Mounce, Nevada State Democratic Party executive director, said in a memo released on Friday. "To meet this goal, we enacted an unprecedented four-day early voting period for the caucus. We made materials available in three languages and had more than 80 early voting sites in convenient locations in communities across the state," Mounce added.

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