The Sanders camp is declaring a win in Nevada after a surprise victory during Saturday’s Clark County Democratic Convention.
One month after the Nevada caucuses, Sanders scored the most delegates at the county-level convention, tipping the delegate count in Sanders favor in the lead-up to the state level convention in May and possibly paving the way for Sanders to win the state that was called for Clinton on caucus night.
“We pretty much won Nevada,” Joan Kato, Sanders’ state level director said after the county level conventions were announced.
“The county convention was the second in a three-step process for Nevada to choose its delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention this summer. The first was the February caucuses, the results of which are used to apportion 23 of the delegates Nevada will send to the national convention. The second step, the county convention, is when delegates are selected to the state convention in May. The third step is the state convention, when 12 more delegates are apportioned based on attendees’ preferences,” The Las Vegas Sun reports.
However, the Clark County convention was mired in controversy, resulting in the suspension of the party’s credentials chair.
“Clinton supporters managed to get Clark County Credentials Chair Christine Kramer suspended right before the convention due to her alleged stealth support for Sanders,” Bob Morris, a Sanders delegate in attendance, wrote in a blog post.
Amazingly, some 9,000 delegates were elected in the initial caucus, but only barely more than a third showed up to cast their votes on Saturday. Their votes were bolstered by some 915 alternate delegates in attendance. When the voting was done, the Sanders camp walked away with a victory: 2,964 delegates to Clinton’s 2,386.
So at the state convention in May, Sanders will have a more than 300 delegate advantage over Clinton and with some deft political could actually end up with a delegate lead over Clinton in the state.
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