By: Utkarsh Bhandari
Caucuses are usually a good representation of how elections and campaigns will turn out. This makes them really important to politicians and political enthusiasts alike. The Nevada Caucus is a very important one as it comes after the Iowa Caucus and shows development within the presidential race. Part of the results depend from state to state and their political values but also factor in the evolution of the presidential candidates and their support.
Senior Shane Nguyen commented that the “Nevada Caucus was predicted before it actually took place.” What Nguyen meant was that if you looked at some news sources such as CNN or The New York Times, they favored the same candidate to win the Nevada Caucus. They were right.
The winner of the Nevada Caucus was Bernie Sanders. He won by a large percentage which was unexpected. He surpassed the second place candidate’s percentage of votes by over 6%. This is a large win compared to the Iowa Caucus, where he came second by .2%. The first place of the Iowa Caucus was Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg had almost half the percentage of votes in the Nevada Caucus than he did in the Iowa one. This caucus was really bad for him. Bernie has been staying around the same with around 26% of the votes to show consistency. Another consistent candidate is Joe Biden, former Vice President, with around 14% of the votes.
As senior Aaron Vakharia said, “Losing voters is terrible in a caucus, it is hard to recover from that. More people are going to want to rethink their support for Buttiweig after seeing his substantial loss in voters.” He is absolutely right, this inconsistency has been deciding factors for presidential campaigns for a long time now. However, there is always a chance for any of the candidates to acquire more support and therefore acquire a percentage of the voters going forward.