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Biden cruises to win in Nevada primary on his path to securing the nomination

Biden Cruises To Win In Nevada Primary On His Path To Securing The Nomination

President Biden coasted to victory on Tuesday in Nevada’s Democratic presidential primary election, carrying his party’s second recognized nominating contest against token opposition.

The Associated Press declared Mr. Biden the winner shortly after polls closed in Nevada, giving him his second easy triumph in four days, after he took 96 percent of the vote in South Carolina’s primary on Saturday.

“I want to thank the voters of Nevada for sending me and Kamala Harris to the White House four years ago, and for setting us one step further on that same path again tonight,” Mr. Biden said in a statement late on Tuesday evening.

As in South Carolina, Mr. Biden was the only Democratic candidate to mount a visible campaign in the state.Biden visited Las Vegas on Sunday, a stop that doubled as a get-out-the-vote effort for the primary and a kickoff to the general-election campaign in a state expected to be one of the most competitive battlegrounds in the country.

Phillips' Primary Journey: Overcoming Hurdles and Focusing on Michigan

Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota, a contender in the primary race against Mr. Biden, faced a hurdle as he entered the race after Nevada’s access deadline, thus not appearing on the ballot. Despite this, Phillips managed to secure 20 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, where Mr. Biden won as a write-in candidate, and later came in third place behind the self-help author Marianne Williamson in South Carolina. Phillips has announced his intent to concentrate his campaign efforts on Michigan, where the Democratic primary is scheduled for February 27th.

Although the Nevada primary lacked competition, the state’s general elections are known for being closely contested. Mr. Biden, who narrowly won the state in 2020, will once more rely on strong backing from Nevada’s sizable Hispanic voter base, a significant portion of whom are employed in Las Vegas’s entertainment and hospitality sectors. Hence, it was deliberate that Mr. Biden visited unionized casino and hotel workers on Monday, following their recent contract negotiations.

“From union workers in Las Vegas to teachers in Reno, Nevadans across the Silver State have set the stage to defeat Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans once again this November,” Jaime Harrison, the Democratic National Committee chairman, said in a statement. He added that the state’s primary was “emblematic of Democrats’ commitment to uplifting voters of color, engaging the diverse coalitions that are the bedrock of the Democratic Party, and making it easier for everyone to make their voices heard.”

Mr. Biden secured a decisive victory in Nevada, marking the state’s inaugural presidential primary since its move to the forefront of the nominating calendar in 2008. In previous cycles, Nevada conducted Democratic caucuses, involving in-person meetings where delegates could be allocated through methods like drawing cards in case of a tie.

Shifting Sands: Nevada's Transition from Caucuses to Primaries

Following Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in Nevada’s 2020 caucuses, with Mr. Biden trailing far behind, former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, a key figure in the state’s early impact on presidential nominations, advocated for replacing the caucus system with a statewide primary. The subsequent year, Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada enacted legislation to establish a presidential primary and implement a statewide vote-by-mail system.

With its implementation of a new voting system, Nevada has successfully maintained its influential position near the forefront of the Democratic National Committee’s presidential nominating calendar. This transition not only reflects a modernization of the state’s electoral process but also underscores its commitment to ensuring broader and more inclusive participation in the democratic process. In contrast, Iowa’s insistence on retaining its traditional caucus format led to its demotion within the party’s hierarchy, as the Democratic National Committee sought to prioritize states like South Carolina, which offers a more representative and accessible primary system. This shift highlights the evolving dynamics within the party’s nomination process, with an emphasis on fairness, diversity, and engagement with voters from all backgrounds.

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