2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2020 at 3:47 p.m. EST

Nevada is the third state to vote in the 2020 primary season, and it’s the first state with a population that’s not overwhelmingly white. The state holds caucuses, as in Iowa, and is trying to make sure it doesn’t replicate the issues that were seen in the first caucus state, where results reporting was thrown into disarray by a glitch in software. 

Nevada for the first time this year had early voting, in which nearly 75,000 people filled out ballots. Results from valid ballots have to be integrated with caucus-day counts. As in Iowa, caucus-goers show their support for their first-choice candidate. If that candidate does not hit the viability threshold (usually 15 percent), they then move to a second-choice candidate.

The Nevada Republican Party canceled its caucuses for 2020. 

The Trailer’s guide to winning Nevada’s caucuses

The delegate process: How it works and how many each candidate has

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Carson City

Reno

Las Vegas

LEAD/WON

Sanders

Buttigieg

Other

CandidateCCD* Pct.Del.
Bernie SandersSandersCheck
6,78846.8%24
Joe BidenBiden
2,92720.29
Pete ButtigiegButtigieg
2,07314.33
Elizabeth WarrenWarren
1,4069.70
Tom SteyerSteyer
6824.70
Amy KlobucharKlobuchar
6034.20
Tulsi GabbardGabbard
40.00
Andrew YangYang
10.00
Kamala HarrisHarris
00.00
Julian CastroCastro
00.00
Cory BookerBooker
00.00
Deval PatrickPatrick
00.00
UncommittedUncommitted
70.00
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Total CCD from 100% of precincts14,491
* County convention delegates (CCDs) are the current number of county delegates each candidate will get at the state convention, which determines the number of pledged national delegates each candidate receives.

Where candidates did well

With his large margin of victory, Sanders gained county convention delegates across all of Nevada. Most caucus-goers were concentrated in a few urban centers. Here’s where the main candidates racked up their CCD totals.

Sanders

Carson City

Reno

Las Vegas

Biden

Carson City

Reno

Las Vegas

Warren

Carson City

Reno

Las Vegas

Buttigieg

Carson City

Reno

Las Vegas

Klobuchar

Carson City

Reno

Las Vegas

County-level results

Clark County is the biggest in Nevada by far, with more than 70 percent of the state’s population in and around Las Vegas. Washoe County, home to Reno, is the state’s second-most populous —though it has fewer than 500,000 residents, compared to more than 2 million in Clark.

Key countiesSandersBidenWarrenButtigiegKlobucharBookerCastroGabbardHarrisPatrickSteyerYangUncommitted
Clark5,2932,6239171,2972300030044202
Washoe959165354390220000008101
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Preliminary entrance poll results

See the strengths and weaknesses of each Democratic candidate according to a statewide survey of Nevadans as they entered caucus sites during the early voting period and on caucus day, Feb. 22. Entrance poll results reflect caucus-goers’ initial preferences for candidates, and do not take into account which candidates voters supported after realignment during caucuses or the delegate count.

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Race

White
65% OF VOTERS

Sanders

31

Biden

12

Warren

13

Buttigieg

19

Klobuchar

14

11

Black
10%

25

36

11

2

3

23

Hispanic/Latino
18%

51

13

7

11

6

12

Asian
3%
Not enough respondents to break down details.
Other
4%

40

10

12

15

11

12

Age

17-29
17% OF VOTERS

Sanders

67

7

5

Buttigieg

13

2

6

30-44
21%

53

5

16

14

5

7

45-64
34%

25

16

14

18

10

17

65+
27%

12

26

11

13

22

16

Ideology

Very liberal
30% OF VOTERS

Sanders

52

9

Warren

17

8

5

9

Somewhat liberal
36%

31

13

13

16

13

14

Moderate / Conservative
34%

23

22

6

20

14

15

Most important issue in vote

Health care
43% OF VOTERS

Sanders

39

Biden

18

Warren

11

Buttigieg

14

Klobuchar

11

7

Climate change
26%

29

10

13

17

12

19

Foreign policy
9%

13

23

4

28

13

19

Income inequality
18%

44

10

17

7

6

16

Rather nominate a candidate who...

Agrees with you on major issues
35% OF VOTERS

Sanders

56

7

Warren

11

Buttigieg

10

5

11

Can beat Donald Trump
64%

23

19

12

18

14

14

By Jason Bernert, Lenny Bronner, Madison Dong, Simon Glenn-Gregg, Jason Holt, Isabelle Lavandero, Erik Reyna, Ashlyn Still and Susan Tyler

Additional contributions from Emily Guskin and Scott Clement

Sources: Edison Research, Entrance poll: These are results from a survey of voters as they entered randomly selected voting sites during the early caucus period as well as on caucus day, Feb. 22. The poll was conducted by Edison Media Research for the National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations. Results for typical characteristics have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.