White House race reaches Las Vegas with minority voters set to place their bets
Following contests in white-dominated Iowa and New Hampshire, the would-be presidents will face a more diverse electorate in Nevada.
Seven casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip stand among 200 caucus locations statewide that will host the presidential Nevada caucuses on Saturday, the third contest in a 2020 primary season that has so far been marred by chaos and uncertainty in overwhelmingly white, rural states.
The exercise of democracy inside urban temples of excess is just one element that distinguishes the first presidential contest in the West, which will, more importantly, test the candidates’ strength with black and brown voters for the first time in 2020.
“Nevada represents an opportunity for these candidates to demonstrate their appeal to a larger swathe of our country,” said state attorney general Aaron Ford, a Democrat who is not endorsing a candidate in the crowded field.I've got news for the Republican establishment. I've got news for the Democratic establishment. They can't stop us.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)February 22, 2020Nevada’s population, which aligns more with the US as a whole than the opening elections in Iowa and New Hampshire, is 29% Latino, 10% black and 9% Asian American and Pacific Islander.The vote comes at a critical moment for the Democratic Party as self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders emerges as the clear front-runner and a half dozen more moderate candidates savage one another for the chance to emerge as the preferred alternative to Sanders.
The ultimate winner will represent Democrats on the ballot against President Donald Trump in November.Yet on the eve of the caucuses, questions lingered about Nevada Democrats’ ability to report election results quickly as new concerns surfaced about foreign interference in the 2020 contest.
Amy Klobuchar performed well in New Hampshire (Matt York/PA)Campaigning in California, Mr Sanders confirmed reports that he had been briefed by US officials about a month ago that Russia was trying to help his campaign as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the election.
“It was not clear what role they were going to play,” Mr Sanders said.“We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are going to get involved in this campaign.”He added: “Here’s the message to Russia: Stay out of American elections.”Despite the distraction, Mr Sanders enters Saturday increasingly confident, backed by strong support from Latinos and rank-and-file union workers who have warmed to his fiery calls to transform the nation’s economy and political system to help the working class.
Donnelly: Level 4 move discussed ahead of NPHET meeting
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House in Sean O'Casey's former neighbourhood on the market for €485,000Sean O'Casey was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the working classes in Dublin City and it was in a small cottage in Phibsborough that his work began. He spent hours in No9 Innisfallen Parade in Phibsborough teaching himself to read and write. That is not wet wood, by the way. 485000 for a house there!!!another crash is on the way.
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Trump trolls Democrat candidates debating in NevadaThe president told a rally in neighbouring Arizona that he does not care who wins the race to challenge him for the White House.