Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, solidifying his status as the clear frontrunner in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Entrance polls showed the self-described democratic socialist was propelled by Latino voters, which could make him unstoppable on Super Tuesday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, with his wife, Jane, raises his hand before speaking at a rally in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday night. (Eric Gay/AP)
Sanders speaks in Texas after Nevada victory
In his first remarks since being projected the winner of the Nevada caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed his supporters on the campaign trail in San Antonio.
“We have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition,” Sanders said, “which is not only going to win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country.”
Sanders, now the clear frontunner for the Democratic nomination, also had a message for his would-be opponent in November.
“Trump and his friends, they think they are going to win this election by dividing our people up based on the color of their skin or where they were born or their religion of their sexual orientation,” Sanders said. “We are going to win because we are doing exactly the opposite. Black and white and Latino, Native American and Asian-American. Gay and straight. We are bringing our people together around an agenda that works for the working people of this country, not the 1 percent."
CNN was the last of the three cable news networks to project Bernie Sanders's victory in the Nevada caucuses. Fox News was the first.
With early results showing him and Joe Biden locked in a tight race for second place in Nevada — and more than 20 points behind Bernie Sanders — former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg addressed his supporters in Las Vegas early Saturday night.
"To those who questioned whether a Midwestern mayor could gather a national movement around a new kind of politics, you are the answer," Buttigieg said.