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Clinton tops Sanders in tight lead at Nevada caucus

Francine Orr
Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to a crowd at the A Future To Believe In Rally at Bonanza High School on Feb. 14, 2016 in Las Vegas. The gym was filled with supporters. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Hillary Clinton beat out Sen. Bernie Sanders in a four point lead in the Nevada caucus, polls say.

As results poured in, Clinton came out on top beating Sanders in a tight race. With the majority, Clinton earned 52.5 percent of the vote, topping Sanders’s polls, which fell short at 47.4 percent, according to CNN reports.

With Sanders’ winning the New Hampshire primary last week, the caucus was a big win for Clinton and her campaign. During her victory speech, Clinton thanked her opponent and dedicated her campaign to her supporters.

Helping out at the Nevada caucus as a precinct captain, Nathan Bacal, a UA junior studying law and history, traveled with the Wildcats for Hillary’s group to rally support for the Democratic candidate. Bacal explained how he felt after hearing about Clinton’s win following the caucus.

“It really makes me proud that I am supporting her,” Bacal said. “The fact that I can help out and just be part of her victory was really amazing.”

Recalling last week’s loss to Sanders, Bacal said that he isn’t worried about Clinton’s path to the White House. He said her appeal to different demographics in the U.S. will help Clinton’s campaign.

“Sanders is really only focusing on one group, one voting block, and that really is a majority of white, young people. Really that’s about it,” Bacal said. “There’s diversity that America is made up of. I think Hillary is going to take it.”

On the other hand, Sanders supporter Megan Tsong, a UA public health freshman, says that this loss for the Vermont senator was something she saw coming, despite his win in New Hampshire.

“It was sort of expected,” Tsong said. “He is really doing well with white millennials and that’s who he is able to win over, but the people that he is not winning over are the minorities and minority women.”

Even in the face of a loss, however, Tsong said she thinks Sanders does have one major element to his campaign that she is sure will knock Clinton out of the race.

“I think he’s more extreme and I think that what’s needed,” Tsong said. “The fact that he calls corporations out and says ‘I am with you.’ I think he really has that togetherness over Clinton.”

With big wins for both candidates across the nation, the South Carolina primaries are the next hurdle that the candidates face. Those primaries will take place Feb. 27. 

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