January 19th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
8 years ago

More unprecedented turnout for Democrats

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Another contest, another day of record turnout for Democrats.

The Nevada Democratic Party reports that with 84 percent of the precincts reporting, they are seeing unprecedented turnout, with more than 107,000 caucus attendees.

This follows record turnouts for Democrats in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

The numbers are unsurprising, given the fact that most national polls have indicated for quite some time that Democrats are incredibly energized about the 2008 presidential election.

Fewer than 10,000 people attended the 2004 Nevada caucuses, but that contest was much later in the primary season, with very little at stake.

The national Democratic Party decided to move up Nevada's date to the middle of January to make the state, which has a large union and Latino Democratic electorate, more of a primary season player.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was instrumental in moving his state's contest up earlier in the primary process.

He called today's turnout a "tremendous success."

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Nevada
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Sera

    David, Hillary Clinton is the least racist person you would meet in your lifetime. Your statement is unfounded. The only reason Obama is doing so well, regardless of is lack of experience, past drug abuse, and harsh "childlike" comments to Hillary, is because Hillary is a women! That’s it! If any candidate had as much experience as she has and invested effort and care and organizational skills and educational background, they would be voted in a heartbeat. Obama doesn’t speak with passion. He's just another "guy". I don't believe him, I don't believe he can do even a good job. I believe he will be voted for because the American people aren’t ready for a woman president. And once again the American people will make a mistake. Obama brought the race factor in and constantly plays Mr. Innocent, when he knows best that the Clintons support, help, fight for any and every member of society that needs them. If you read up on things that have been said to Hillary as well as all the rude accusations that have been made against her, you'd be shocked! She keeps her “head up” while having to deal wit all of you righteous ones. She has courage, passion and perseverance. Too bad gender is the real unspoken "card", still today in 2008.

    January 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    Christine, the vote totals are not actual votes, they are caucus votes. Read about how a caucus works.

    January 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. r

    AS for david...i carefully watched the whole thing...home sick...as it went down....it was NOTHING !!!!...it was the media!!!...they pulled and twisted everything ...really there werte no comments about race or gender by anyone....EXCEPT THE MEDIA.
    ......looking for the ratings again...go figure,,,i mean really david..you didnt even see any of it did you....hmmmm....i think your a republican acting as a black man...yes just a frustrated republican who realize its over for that party.

    January 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Jermaine

    Dijon, you must be a Hillary support, no one think the world is against them. The fact is OBAMA campaign on a race neutral election and BILL AND HILLARY injected race and are inciteing Jewish, Black, Hispanic etc against each other. Campaigns should be neutral on race, religion and ethnicity because this country is suppose to be a melting pot, not a racial keg!

    Hillary is winning because BILL is out being her Bull DOG/BAD COP,...while she try to straddle the field acting good and her campaign is peddling calls and emails to intimidate, suppress and rigged the vote.

    We expect this from the REPUBLICANS, but what should one expect when Hillary is a Republican turned Democrat, "a Goldwater Republican at that". The DEMS will not win the in NOVEMBER, Hillary might win but as her Husband before her, the CONGRESS will go REPUBLICANS in 2010. OBAMA if you don't win sit this out finish your term in the SENATE and run against Hillary in 2012, you will most certainly win the nomination!

    OBAMA 2008, and if this time you don't win, you will in 2012, the Lincoln Way is the AMERICAN WAY! REAGAN DEMOCRAT!

    David, I also agree with you, that the Black will not support Hillary nin the General,
    am an African American male, and a long time Democrat who has voted in every presidential and senatorial election since I was 18 years old. If Hillary wins the nomination, I will vote for McCain, and a huge number of African Americans will protest the election, all because Hillary attacked a viable black candidate by using the "race card" and her supporters have been spewing more racist, venomous garbage than any republican would ever dare."


    January 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Murphy

    Did Hillary Really Win NV? Well she may have won the popular vote by 51% to 46% but in terms of delegates, she only wins 13 delegates to 12 delegates (a one delegate victory). The popular vote means nothing e.g. Gore – Bush in 2000. As of now, Hillary supposedly won three states to one (Iowa) for Obama), yet the delegate count is all tied up. Looks like Obama may win a big majority in SC with the black vote

    The moral of the story here is that come convention time this thing could very well come down to the super-delegates. Do THEY really represent the people?

    January 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Nick

    I am with you Dijon...! those black folks, not all, need to lighten up and do be so defensive all the time. Sure there is racism in the U.S. (and everywhere else for that matter), but by no mean those respresent the majority. Screaming racism sometime reflects you as a racist in a way.

    January 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Dawn

    The numbers for the Dems are delegate numbers while the numbers for the GOP are actual numbers of people. The GOP is more like a straw poll I think is how it was explained the other day. Each vote is counted and reported. The Dems count the votes and then give out delegates based on the votes.

    When Bill Clinton talked about the at large casino sites counting about 5 times more than other sites that's what he was talking about. It's all very complicated. Each cauces site has a certain number of delegates that are given out based on the number of votes you get. It's not just a straight vote in Democratic cauceses.

    Example, the cauces at MGM hotel went 86 Obama and 80 Clinton but number of delegates (which is what is being reported on CNN) was only 35 Obama and 34 Clinton or something close to that – ending up one point apart.

    January 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. polisciprof

    To Christine:

    While I applaud your skepticism, the numbers being reported definitely pass the smell test. CNN is reporting the delegate count, not the popular vote.

    To David:

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am a strong Hillary Clinton supporter. With that in mind, let me give you some advice. The more that Sen. Obama is perceived as a "black" candidate, the worse are his chances of winning the nomination. His success - both now and in the past - has hinged on his ability to transcend race. Your arguments cut him at the knees.

    January 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Bill Dunmyer, NYC

    Obama supporters are starting to sound like sore losers. The primary process is fair and square. If you lose, you lose. Accept that your candidate failed to attract enough support. Don't attack the winner out of bitterness. I'm a Clinton supporter, but when Obama won Iowa I showed him respect.

    January 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Stacy

    I don't think America is ready for a man like Barack Obama. And it is not because America isn't ready for a black man, it's because America is too divided. It's so interesting to see even the most educated individuals be reduced to closed-minded, group thinking. Obama seeks to elevate the political discourse in ways that we can't appreciate. Why would Obama be criticized for praising Reagan? Obama as a liberal probably disagrees tremendously with many of Reagan's policies. But Reagan deserves credit for his role in ending the cold war. Obama understands that EVERY American, black, white, rich and poor would be far worse off had America lost that ideological battle. So while I disagree with Reagan, I respect his vision for what America's place in the world should be.
    Republicans on the other hand, choke at the thought of giving Bill Clinton ANY credit for the economic properity during his two terms. Now this is also silly. We as a county don't seem to be ready to raise ourselves to a new level of unity...and intelligence.

    January 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Christine

    Ok. I get the difference. Thanks to all who responded. I should have noticed that one casino awarded 17 delegates to Obama and 16 to Clinton. If that is multiplied by all the sites across the state that would explain the discrepancies.

    I'm left mystified as to why the process has to be so complicated? On both the Republican and Democratic sides, the people are the ultimate losers. Seems like everyone is "gaming" the system and pandering to a specific group.

    Here's hoping those of us in voting in the next wave of primaries can turn out in numbers that reflect how hard our ancestors (of all ethnicities) worked to make that privilege possible.

    Even a few hundred thousand voters in a state with more than a million is still a sad example of the apathy in the U.S.

    Best wishes to you all!

    January 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Hillary Supports and Angry bunch

    Hillary seems angry like a woman scorn.

    But they seem to be an angry group like the nomination should of been handed to her.

    America owes Hillary and the Clinton's nothing.

    The angry Clinton supporters are way too angry.

    January 19, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Teacher

    How many Illegals were allowed is what I would like to know??

    January 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Mike timmons

    What do you think the result would have been if Obama's wife was the ex-president? What if an ex-President was married to Obama, and Obama had her soldiers and machine available to him? Think Hillary would have won then? So all this Clintonite gloating is the braying of the sheep as they march to the shearing shack, once again to be disappointed by Hillary Clinton, who was a Republican until she saw greener pastures in the Democratic party.

    Do you really believe it is Hillary's message that is winning it for her?

    So, once again, nepotism wins in the presidential race.

    Congratulations, mainstream Democrats. You have picked another November loser.

    January 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Sal08

    If <100,000 democrats really showed up to caucus in Nevada as reported by this story, how come, with 97% of the precincts voting Obama has only 4731 votes and Clinton has 5318 votes as reported on the CNN website. What happenned to the other 90,000 plus votes

    January 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. geez in Berlin

    How could anyone from NYC support Clinton?
    We just gave her a home when AK didn't want her back...
    And NY has a long reputation for housing the socially and otherwise depraved.
    You, Bill, and all New Yorkers and the Mayor are the reason the City is rockin' again!
    Currently in a land with a top woman on top, my opinion is, Clinton does not have it.
    And I wish (!) more Americans would think more about what the world thinks of us....
    It's not so easy over here sometimes, folks.

    January 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Jessica, Waco, Texas

    I am discouraged by the numbers of people turning their backs on the Clintons over a dispute on MLK that essentially was no dispute at all. Clinton pointed out the need for the law to back the movement and vice versa, or there can be no change. Historically, read MLK's letters, especially from jail, HE SAYS THE EXACT SAME THING. Supporters on either side need to be careful when they turn to the media to explode the minutia and take the comments, speech out of context.

    What happened to the POLITICS OF HOPE! Now all we here is "CHANGE." What a buzz word. Change what? The Bush administration and all it's policies? It's already happening just a few more months, as long as you vote Democrat.

    I think it is a great a black man and white woman have the opportunity to run for President. However, the sensitivity to racial comments/implications vs. sexist/gender specific comments is drastically different. Citizens are imploding with anger and volition about a non-racist comment made out to be as though it were from the family that has most be in the African Americans corner for the past 30 years. However, sexist rants (iron my shirt) barely get a nod or wagging finger of shame. I've made up mind on my presidential candidate without using these incidents as a crutch or reason, but rather on the issues. Either way, I support Democrats because I enjoy the ideas of restoring a strong middle class, allowing African Americans in my school, throwing away the Confederate flag, boys in my classes, a possibility of environmental and energy policies that will make it safe for me to live on earth for years to come, and a military more invested in peace-keeping charitable missions across the globe, rather than one that is commanded to reek havoc in places it doesn't belong.

    We have a rookie and veteran - it's like putting Kevin Durant against Paul Pierce. Neither is incapable, just one has more proof.

    January 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Richard

    I used to vote republican but NEVER AGAIN.

    Republicans only care about coporate America and not the people. Its time to stop the insanity in washington, so i am voting for the democrats.

    January 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    To Dave: I will also surrender my democrat vote to McCain or Romney if Hillary wins the democrat nomination. The republicans know that democrats will jump on board with them if Hillary wins the nomination. Democrats are not focusing on the right agendas and republicans are laughing their way to the White House again.

    January 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Rae

    Don't be fooled by the media who stirred this pot!
    Hillary did not start the race card baloney. They picked her words apart and took them out of context.
    I'm voting for Hillary. But IF Obama were to win OR Edwards, I'd vote for them. You're acting very immature calling a Clinton a racist.


    January 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. sam yathrob

    Get over the black and white David! If you are going to vote for Obama now or have already voted for him, it's because you have been stimulated by his Iowa win.
    In Iowa 95% of the voters are white and they didn't take the factor race into consideration.
    I don't think that racism or voting for a candidate because he or she is white or black is a factor of change.
    We are voting for the future president of the United States!!!!

    January 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Marti, FL

    Congratulations Hillary. I am an Obama supporter but still think you are doing a commendable job.

    Regarding the topic of race, the media is the one inciting the issue. Please do not fall for the sensationalism, but rather let's celebrate MLK's dream as a party and nation who is witnessing the viability of Obama's candidacy. All of our Democratic candidates and record turnout is something to be very proud about in this primary season.

    January 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. michael Dahir

    USA will be ready for a black president the year of 2360 which is 400 years after 1960's that will be the time for sure before that it will more Clinton's or some one else.

    January 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Skott J. Tampa, FL

    It;'s nice to see people take on the first poster, David. He has been posting that same message all over the internet, trying to divide people and get the African American population to vote Republican. I suspect he is just some Republican operative who thinks his rant about Hillary and Bill being racist will somehow change the outcome of November's election. Calling Bill and Hillary racist is simply absurd. Go peddle your baggage somewhere else. This homey ain't buyin' it.

    Was an Edwards supporter, but all the Hillary bashing has me leaning in her direction now.

    January 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Ryan

    The Clinton supporters can say or think whatever they want. I am a white college student, and I will vote for Barack Obama. If he does not win, I will NOT vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. (Unless Huckabee somehow manages to win the Republican primaries)

    The Clinton people seem to think that the Democrats are all energized, and all they have to do is knock off Obama to get to the White House. Wrong. Obama is the one energizing the Democratic base, if you use your typical Washington tactics to smear him and steal the nomination from him so Bill and Hill can have four more years, then you will get crushed in the general election.

    January 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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