Published February 20, 2016 by Fox News
Hillary Clinton will win the Nevada Democratic caucuses, Fox News projects, beating Bernie Sanders and breathing new life into her campaign just a week-and-a-half after she lost to Sanders by double-digits in New Hampshire.
Though the victory appears to be a narrow one, Clinton is hoping the win will serve to undercut Sanders’ momentum as they head next into several delegate-heavy contests.
With 53 percent of precincts reporting in Nevada, Clinton has 52 percent to Sanders’ 48 percent.
Each benefited from a different set of constituencies.
Entrance polls showed Clinton held the lead among the state’s influential union voters, with 56 percent going for Clinton and 43 percent going for Sanders.
But the breakdown was flipped among first-time caucus-goers, with 54 percent backing Sanders and 43 percent backing Clinton. Clinton also held the lead among women, but Sanders held a massive lead among caucus-goers under 45.
The balloting in Nevada coincides with the Republican primary Saturday in South Carolina, where front-runner Donald Trump is looking for a decisive win.
In Nevada, Clinton was looking to rebound after losing big to Sanders in the party’s New Hampshire prmiary, and only narrowly winning the Iowa caucuses.
Clinton had until recent weeks held a double-digit lead in Nevada, but that narrowed considerably in the closing days of the race.
Her campaign is hoping to arrest Sanders’ momentum as the primaries move into the Southern and Western states, where Clinton is banking on strong support from minority voters and unions. From Nevada, the candidates head next into South Carolina a week from now.
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