2016 United States presidential election in Nevada
The 2016 United States presidential election in Nevada, held on November 8, 2016 was part of the 2016 general election, and was won by Hillary Clinton with a 47.92% popular vote plurality over Donald Trump's 45.5%. All of Nevada's 6 electoral votes were assigned to Clinton. Trump became the first Republican since 1908 to win the presidency without Nevada. This is also the first time since the 1976 election that the state has voted for the losing presidential candidate.
Clinton: 40–50% 50–60%
Trump: 50–60% 60–70% 70–80% 80–90%
The 2016 Nevada Democratic caucuses took place on February 20 in the U.S. state of Nevada, traditionally marking the Democratic Party's third nominating contest in their series of presidential primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Of the total number of 43 delegates the Nevada Democratic Party may send to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, 35 are pledged and 8 are unpledged.
The delegate selection process is a system with three levels:
- The first step in the delegate selection process were the precinct caucuses on February 20, which elected about 12,000 delegates to the county conventions.
- At the county conventions on April 2, the county delegates selected about 4,000 delegates to the state convention.
- At the state convention on May 14–15, the final 35 pledged delegates to the National Convention will be selected. 23 of them are allocated proportionally based on congressional district results, whereas the remaining 12 are allocated based on the state convention as a whole.
A majority of participants at the February caucuses supported Hillary Clinton. However, the county conventions on April 2, 2016, resulted in more Sanders delegates than Clinton delegates being sent to the state convention in May.
Debates and forumsEdit
October 2015 debate in Las Vegas
On October 13, 2015, the Democratic Party's first debate was held at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, it aired on CNN and was broadcast on radio by Westwood One. Participants were the candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O'Malley, and Lincoln Chafee. It was the only debate appearance of Chafee and Webb, who ended their campaigns on October 23 and October 20, respectively.
February 2016 forum in Las Vegas
On February 18, MSNBC and Telemundo hosted a forum in Las Vegas.
|Nevada Democratic caucuses, February 20, 2016|
|Candidate||County delegates||Estimated delegates|
|Source: The Green Papers|
The County Conventions were marked by bickering between Clinton and Sanders supporters, most notably in Clark County, which had been won by Clinton during the caucuses and led to the attempted arrest of the head of the credentials committee, Sanders supporter Christine Kramar, after the Clinton supporters on the Clark Country Democratic committee attempted to depose her from her position. Kramar had discovered that the Clark County Democratic Party had been having private correspondence with only Clinton's campaign, as opposed to both campaigns.
The results statewide goes as follows: Sanders 3846 (55.23%) Clinton 2124 (44.77%)
Sanders won most of the northern counties in Nevada, including Washoe County, and Clinton won most of the southern counties, including Clark County.
The state convention was held in May as the final stage of the delegate selection process. Supports of Senator Sanders were angered when Party officials declined to accept the credentials of close to 60 pro-Sanders delegates. Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman, Roberta Lange, allegedly received numerous death threats and threats to the lives of her family and grandchildren; a criminal investigation has yet to confirm these claims or the identities of those allegedly involved. At the convention, Sanders supporters protested until the staff cancelled the event. The event was later criticized as being violent, although there is no evidence that violence occurred.
Despite charges by Sanders supporters that the Convention was rigged against their candidate, according to Jon Ralston, "the facts reveal that the Sanders folks disregarded rules, then when shown the truth, attacked organizers and party officials as tools of a conspiracy to defraud the senator of what was never rightfully his in the first place." After Sanders campaign Chair Jeff Weaver repeated assertions of process-rigging by Democratic Party officials, Politifact examined the evidence and concluded that, while the Party's selection process was "arcane" and "incredibly confusing", the fact is that "Clinton’s supporters simply turned out (attended the Convention) in larger numbers and helped her solidify her delegate lead." Moreover, according to Politifact: "There’s no clear evidence the state party 'hijacked' the process or ignored 'regular procedure.'"
The Nevada Democratic Party wrote to the Democratic National Committee accusing Sanders supporters of having a "penchant for extra-parliamentary behavior — indeed, actual violence — in place of democratic conduct in a convention setting." Sanders responded by denouncing the alleged use of violence while asserting that they were not treated with "fairness and respect" in a statement.
|Nevada Republican precinct caucuses, February 23, 2016|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Actual delegate count|
|Rand Paul (withdrawn)||170||0.23%||0||0||0|
|Jeb Bush (withdrawn)||64||0.08%||0||0||0|
|Chris Christie (withdrawn)||50||0.07%||0||0||0|
|Carly Fiorina (withdrawn)||22||0.03%||0||0||0|
|Mike Huckabee (withdrawn)||21||0.03%||0||0||0|
|Rick Santorum (withdrawn)||11||0.01%||0||0||0|
|Jim Gilmore (withdrawn)||0||0||0|
|Source: The Green Papers|
The following are final 2016 predictions from various organizations for Nevada as of Election Day.
- Los Angeles Times: Leans Clinton
- CNN: Tossup
- Sabato's Crystal Ball: Leans Clinton
- NBC: Leans Clinton
- Electoral-vote.com: Tossup
- RealClearPolitics: Tossup
- Fox News: Leans Clinton
- ABC: Leans Clinton
|None of these candidates||28,863||2.54%|
|Reform||Rocky de la Fuente||2,552||0.23%|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton
|Donald John Trump
|White Pine County||18.74%||707||72.17%||2,723||9.09%||343||3,773|
By congressional districtEdit
Clinton and Trump each won 2 of the state's 4 congressional districts, with Trump carrying a district that elected a Democrat in the same cycle. 
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Hillary Clinton won the state over nationwide winner Donald Trump, marking the third presidential election in a row that Nevada has voted Democratic. Most counties in the state of Nevada are rural, and voted heavily for Trump. As a whole, the rural counties outside of Las Vegas and Reno gave Donald Trump a 66-27 margin. However, Clinton won the state's two most populous counties, Clark County and Washoe County, which contain about 85% of the state's population, and thus won the state's electoral votes. Compared to the 2012 election, Clinton's margin of victory was narrower in these two counties and statewide.
This is the second time since 1908, and first time since 1976, that Nevada voted for a candidate who did not win the general election. However, despite its streak ending, Nevada was actually the closest state in the nation to the national popular vote, as the state was 0.3% more Democratic than the nation as a whole.[original research?]
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