The Nevada Democratic caucus results are in and Hillary Clinton made her victory speech shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. At least 83 percent of the expected votes were in when she made her speech, with Clinton ahead of Sanders 52.4% to 47.5%.
Early reports had Clinton and her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders in a very tight race, but less than five hours after the caucuses opened on Saturday afternoon, Sanders congratulated Clinton for her win.
CNN calls Clinton’s win in Nevada a “crucial step on the way to the Democratic presidential nomination,” but Sanders will forge ahead to South Carolina and feels he has an “excellent chance” to win a number of states on Super Tuesday (March 1).
To everyone who turned out in every corner of Nevada with determination and heart: This is your win. Thank you. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 20, 2016
“I am so, so thrilled and so grateful to all of my supporters out there,” Clinton said during her victory speech. She went on to say that Americans are “hungry for real solutions” and agrees that “the middle class needs a raise” and “more jobs.”
Her supporters in Nevada cheered loudly during her speech, but the reaction to her win was not as kind on Twitter.
@HillaryClinton You belong in jail.
— Lynus Cantwell (@LynusCantwell) February 20, 2016
@HillaryClinton What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Just like the transcripts. What happens around million dollar speeches stays hidden.
— Gorilla Report (@InfoNewsCorp) February 20, 2016
@cnnbrk If she wins the nomination, I’ll vote republican!!!
— veggieWW (@ryl5858) February 20, 2016
— WR Jones (@Nostrabillis) February 20, 2016
The next Democratic primary is Saturday, February 27 in South Carolina followed by Super Tuesday — 12 states and one territory will hold primaries and caucuses on Tuesday, March 1.