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11:41 AM - 23 Feb 2020



US Senator Bernie Sanders has cemented his status as the frontrunner in the race to become the Democratic presidential nominee with a seemingly decisive win in the Nevada caucuses.

Democrats in the western state were the latest to choose their preferred nominee for the general election in November.

With around 50% of results in, Bernie Sanders led with around 46% of votes - prompting many US media outlets to declare victory for the Vermont politician.

Former vice president Joe Biden was in second place with around 19% of the votes, while Pete Buttigieg - the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana - was on around 15%.

It represents the biggest win yet for Mr Sanders.

While he won the popular vote in both Iowa and New Hampshire, he shared the top amount of delegates (the representatives who will vote for the candidate in the party's national convention) in both states with Mr Buttigieg.

His clear lead in Nevada, however, means the progressive senator is set to receive a much larger share of the delegates there.

Speaking in Texas on Saturday night local time, Mr Sanders declared victory in Nevada - and predicted the results would be echoed elsewhere.

The next primary vote is in South Carolina next Saturday, but the major landmark for all the remaining candidates is Super Tuesday on March 3rd.

The most significant day in the race will see Democrats in more than a dozen states - including California and Texas - vote for their preferred candidate.

Eight Democratic candidates remain in the race, including billionaire Michael Bloomberg and prominent senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.



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