Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic caucus in Nevada, according to both NBC and the Associated Press. With 73 percent of the vote in, she leads Bernie Sanders by a margin of 52 to 48 percent, with much of Clinton-friendly Clark County left to report.
That result is a boon for Clinton, a blow to Sanders and a drag for pundits who want to see an extended horse race. To be sure, the Vermont senator still has plenty of funding and support. And entrance polls suggest that he was at least competitive among Hispanic voters. But those same polls show that Sanders has made zero headway in his quest to win over African-Americans.
With polls showing the democratic socialist down by huge margins among black voters in next week’s South Carolina primary and in the Super Tuesday states that will cast ballots three days later, it should be a very difficult week and a half for the Sanders campaign.
What happened in Vegas probably won’t stay in Vegas.