Nevada boosts Sanders’ front-runner status as Democrats turn to South Carolina


>>Sreenivasan: FOR MORE ON THE RESULTS FROM THE CAUCUSES, MEGAN MESSERLY, A REPORTER FOR “THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT” JOINS US NOW FROM LAS VEGAS. FIRST LET’S TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE STORIES THAT YOU WERE PUBLISHING LATE LAST NIGHT, WHICH IS THAT MR. BUTTIGIEG’S CAMPAIGN HAD COMPLAINTS ABOUT IRREGULARITIES? WHAT WERE THEIR COMPLAINTS?>>RIGHT. SO PETE BUTTIGIEG’S CAMPAIGN SENT A LETTER TO THE NEVADA STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT LETTING THEM KNOW THAT THEY DISCOVERED SOME IRREGULARITIES AND ERRORS IN THE RESULTS. THIS IS BASED OFF OF THE REPORTS THAT THEY RECEIVED FROM THEIR PRECINCT CAPTAINS. THEY SAID THAT THERE WERE A LOT OF ISSUES WITH THE TRANSFERAL OF EARLY VOTING DATA INTO THE CAUCUS STATE PROCESS. FOR INSTANCE, THEY SAID IN SOME INSTANCES THEY DIDN’T THINK THAT EARLY VOTES WERE GETTING COUNTED DURING THE REALIGNMENT. THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE INSTANCE WHERE THEY SAY THE WRONG PRECINCT DATA– EARLY VOTE DATA WAS USED ON CAUCUS DAY. SO THEY ARE ASKING THE PARTY RIGHT NOW TO RELEASE THE SEPARATION BETWEEN THE IN-PERSON AND THE THE EARLY VOTE TOTALS SO THEY CAN GO THROUGH AND SEE HOW THE FOLKS DID INDIVIDUALLY BETWEEN THOSE TWO GROUPS, BUT THE PARTY TELLS ME THAT THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE REPORTING THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN REPORTING AND THEY DON’T HAVE ANY PLANS TO CHANGE THE REPORTING PROCESS AT THIS TIME.>>Sreenivasan: AND AT THE TIME THEY WERE FILING THIS, THE RESULTS WERE QUITE NARROW, OR THE MARGIN WAS QUITE NARROW BETWEEN HIM AND MR. BIDEN– OR VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN– FOR THE SECOND PLACE SLOT.>>THAT IS CORRECT, AND THEY EVEN, YOU KNOW, NOTED THAT IN THEIR LETTER. THEY, IN FACT, ASKED THE PARTY TO ADDRESS THESE IRREGULARITIES AND CORRECT THESE ERRORS THAT THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED BEFORE RELEASING THE FINAL RESULTS AND THEY NOTED THAT IS BECAUSE IT APPEARS TO BE A CLOSE RACE BETWEEN JOE BIDEN AND PETE BUTTIGIEG. OBVIOUSLY BIG STAKES HERE FOR PETE BUTTIGIEG, HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO PROVE THAT HE IS ABLE TO APPEAL TO NEVADA’S BROAD DIVERSE CONSTITUENCY, SO A VICTORY, EVEN A SECOND PLACE VICTORY IS IMPORTANT FOR HIM HERE. SO, THAT’S WHY, SORT OF, THE IMMEDIACY OF SENDING THIS LETTER LATE LAST NIGHT TO THE STATE PARTY.>>Sreenivasan: SO, ARE PEOPLE CONSIDERING, AND THIS IS PERHAPS A QUESTION MORE FOR THE PARTY, ARE PEOPLE CONSIDERING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IOWA, CONSIDERING A LITTLE BIT OF THE CONFUSION THAT HAPPENED IN NEVADA, ARE THE PEOPLE THAT YOU SPOKE TO, ARE THEY STILL SUPPORTIVE OF THE IDEA OF CAUCUSES, TO DO THIS THE WAY THEY ARE DOING IT, VERSUS JUST HAVING A PRIMARY?>>RIGHT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I ASKED A LOT OF PEOPLE YESTERDAY, BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF ELATION, A LOT OF SMILES, EVERYONE WAS SO HAPPY AT HOW WELL THIS iPAD HAD WORKED. THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE EXCITED ABOUT THE DELIBERATIVE CAUCUS PROCESS, AND SO MY QUESTION THEN WAS, WELL, SHOULD WE KEEP HAVING A CAUCUS? AND EVERYONE I SPOKE TO TOLD ME NO, THAT WE SHOULD DEFINITELY SWITCH TO A PRIMARY. THEY WERE HAPPY THAT THE CAUCUS WENT WELL YESTERDAY, BUT IT DID NOT GO WELL ENOUGH TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A PRIMARY. A LOT OF PEOPLE TOLD ME THEY JUST FELT LIKE IT WOULD BE EASIER TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT RUN PRIMARY WITH TRADITIONAL VOTING MACHINES, VOTING BOOTHS, IT JUST WOULD BE EASIER TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF THE RESULTS.>>Sreenivasan: WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES THAT TURNED OUT FOR BERNIE SANDERS. WHAT DID YOU NOTICE WHEN IT CAME TO THE YOUNGER PEOPLE THAT WERE VOTING?>>OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM YOUNG FOLKS FOR BERNIE SANDERS. I THINK THE NOTABLE THING FOR US, FOR ME AND MY COLLEAGUES WHO WERE FANNING OUT AT VOTING SITES AND AT EVENTS ALL ACROSS THE STATE, WAS HOW YOUNG PEOPLE SUPPORT FOR BERNIE SANDERS TRANSLATED TO THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT TIO BERNIE, A LOT OF YOUNG LATINO VOTERS SUPPORTING BERNIE SANDERS WERE ABLE TO SORT OF BRING ALONG THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND WE ACTUALLY SAW QUITE A FEW OLDER FOLKS SUPPORTING BERNIE SANDERS AS WELL, WHICH WE WEREN’T EXACTLY EXPECTING, BUT I THINK WHAT BERNIE SANDERS WAS HOPING FOR YESTERDAY WAS TO PROVE THAT HE COULD BUILD THIS MULTIGENERATIONAL, YOU KNOW, DIVERSE COALITION, AND THE ENTRANCE POLLS WE HAVE SEEN SEEM TO SUGGEST HE WAS ABLE TO DO THAT.>>Sreenivasan: ALL RIGHT. MEGAN MESSERLY FROM “THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT,” THANKS SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU.

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