Published March 5, 2016 by Robynn Tysver (Star Hearld)
Bernie Sanders has won Nebraska, as his “Feel the Bern” supporters showed up in droves at caucues around the state.
Sanders’ passionate fan base resulted in lop-sided wins over Hillary Clinton in numerous Nebraska caucus sites, from the metro area to Kearney and Scottsbluff.
In fact, Clinton wasn’t even able to meet the 15 percent viability rule at least one Lancaster County caucus site.
At a caucus site dominated by University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, Sanders out-polled Clinton 194 to 11. Clinton needed 31 to be viable.
[Read reporters’ accounts from caucus locations throughout the state.]
Sanders won by racking up wins in the state’s most populous counties, including Sarpy and Douglas. He also won the big-population counties along Interstate 80, including Hall County, which includes Grand Island, and Buffalo County, which has the city of Kearney.
Clinton won her fair share of counties, but most of them were in rural counties that have less of a population base such as Cherry and Keith Counties. She also won Gage County, which includes the city of Beatrice.
Sanders’ win in Nebraska means he will pick up more delegates than Hillary Clinton. But it won’t dent the substantial lead Clinton has in the overall delegate count,
With 25 Nebraska delegates at stake, Sanders is assured of receiving at least 14. Clinton will pick up at least 10.
Also voting on Saturday were Democrats in Kansas and Louisiana. Up for grabs were a total of 109 delegates.
The Democratic Party in Kansas announced Sanders had won its caucus, but had not yet released vote totals.
Going into the weekend contests, Clinton had held a comfortable 198-delegate lead over Sanders , based on results from primaries and caucuses.
Clinton’s lead is even greater when including superdelegates, the party officials who can support any candidate they wish.
Including superdelegates, Clinton now has at least 1,104 delegates by the AP count. Sanders has at least 446. It takes 2,383 delegates to win.
In Nebraska, Clinton appeared to have the lead in absentee ballots, but Sanders had the enthusiasm. His supporters argued that the time was ripe for a political revolution in Washington, D.C., and who better than to lead it but a self-described Democratic socialist.
“I am voting for Bernie Sanders because I believe in real change,” said Ashley Else, who grabbed the microphone Saturday morning in Saunders County.Follow @FortySixNews