January 19th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
12 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
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  1. fb

    Its time for CHANGE. I applaud all the work the Clintons' have done for our country, and the democratic party (clap, clap, clap). It is time for a new direction in American politics, and OUR country. The Clintons have been part of "the machine" in politics for quite some time. Hillary admits to 35 years. Different results for our country with the same politicians???? Mrs. Clinton is too polarizing a figure, and I too will vote for Mr. McCain if she is the Democratic party nominee. Its time we start recognizing the fact we are all Americans, and stop dividing this country along racial, political, and class lines. Its time for One America, and Senator Obama embodies the principles of this country's founding fathers. He thoroughly understands what they understood the word republic to mean. They had no idea these United States would become divided along party lines. They found common ground, and that is what we should strive for irrespective of our race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. Think about-thats what it means to truely be American in these United States.

    January 19, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Jessica, Waco, Texas

    Ryan, you seem to be not voting on the issues. To disclaim a democratic vote if Obama is not democratic nominee is immature and irresponsible unless of course your vote for Obama is superficial at best. The Republican candidates sharply contradict democratic views on almost all of the key issues and problems we are facing. Do your homework. You have to live here too.

    January 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. ARR

    What the Clinton posters here don't seem to understand is that you will NEED people like David and like me in the general election. I am not African American, but I totally understand why many both inside and outside the African American community are upset. For me, it is the sense that the Clintons will throw absolutely anyone under the bus, including longtime allies, if it suits their political purposes.

    Some Clinton supporters have taken this as a virtue, reasoning that Hillary is "tough" enough to beat the Republicans at their own Rovian game. The problem with this tactic is that you are becoming the monster you think you are trying to defeat.

    Like the Clinton campaign, many of you who are posting here assume that non-Republicans will have no place to go and will have to vote for Clinton (if she does get the nomination, which is by no means in the bag). That is incorrect and your arrogance is amazing.

    We can vote for McCain, we can vote for Bloomberg, we can vote for a lot of different candidates, or we can just stay home. It's not about being sour grapes or "sore losers" (a presumptuous labe since the race isn't over yet). It's about respect.

    If someone like David says they are being treated unfairly, you shouldn't respond by saying, "Oh, get over it." Try to understand WHY. Listen and you might learn something. Step back and notice what is happening. There is a reason 70 percent of African Americans have voted against Hillary in the last two primary/caucus elections. Don't blame the Obama campaign and don't blame African Americans.

    The Clinton campaign is willing to sacrifice support from African Americans because they WANT to make the media and the public think of Obama as an African American candidate. They believe it wil limit him and take away from his strong point of being able to transcend boundaries. It is a political strategy. It might work, but it doesn't make it right. And I would rather vote for a John McCain because even though I disagree with him on several issues, the man has a sense of decency and treats people with respect.

    So there you go. If you think people getting upset about the way they are being treated is "Hillary bashing," then more power to you. But don't expect to get support from independents and even many longtime allies with this arrogant attitude.

    January 19, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Sarifa

    As a black, female, democrat who has voted in every election possible since I came of voting age, I am disheartened to read that someone who claims to be a democrat would actually cast their vote for a Republican, especially McCain, out of spite. Although I am no Clinton lover, we must have a democrat in the White House. We cannot have another four years of Republican Rule. McCain is a war-monger and the rest of the Republicans are worse. Please reconsider your idea of voting Republican just because you are angry at the Clintons. You must think of the Country. Bottom Line: I don't think you will have to worry–Obama will WIN!! He must WIN.

    January 19, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Derrick

    I am confused.. Can somebody explain why Clinton is walking away with 1 fewer pledged delegates than Obama? I am not talking about the super-delegates either. This makes no sense to me.

    January 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Kim

    Sarifa, I sincerely hope that Obama wins the Democratic primary. I also sincerely hope that his supporters might take the time to read a short book entitled "The Road To Serfdom". George Orwell (heard of him?) had this to say about the book–

    "It cannot be said too often–at any rate, it is not being said nearly often enough–that collectivism is not inherently democratic, but, on the contrary, gives to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inquisitors never dreamt of"

    George Orwell was talking about a minority that we in this country refer to as "special interests". In short, "Collectivism is Slavery", but the devil is in the details and I hope Obama and his supporters will take the time to read this remarkable treatise by a Nobel prize winning author.

    January 19, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Frank Weinberg

    No. I think the turn-out of more than 110,000 CAUCUS GOERS was more than the any person with a knowledge of American politics ever have forecast. Any suggestion that this is just the same-old, same old (only a little more so) misunderestimates the nature of the situation. If you want to draw meaning from the results, you must remember the effect of Yucca Mountain. Edward's stance on Yucca Mountain was a deal breaker for him and, to some extent,a deal clincher for Clinton. Without it, the margin is even closer and Obama may win. Please stop squabbling, both these are fine candidates and, as Red Green says "We're allin this together".

    January 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. charlotte

    I watched the caucus process in Nevada. Thank God , the rest of the nation is a private process. I can see how people could be intimidated. The voting process should be improved. The caucus process is not an improvement. It is an amusement. Lets just stick to the little booth with a curtain and absoluletly no outside pressure. There are a lot of people who are easily pressured to do things they might not have done without peer pressure. Thus the term "peer pressure."
    The little booth is the best, then we can scream it was rigged, demand a recount and cloud the process, and in the end, nothing changes. One thing we have learned in the process is no more punch cards, with hanging chads. Can an election be fixed? Yes! When a vote is confusing, Ex: Butterfly ballot, when a no vote is really a yes vote, things like that. The age of computers, where Identity theft is a real threat,, if someone wants to steal your vote they sure can. It is scary, but we cannot let the threats of hackers, terrorist etc. take away our rights to freedom. The right to vote is the fundamental right of our country. WE must exercise that right. If you disagree with me or not. PLEASE VOTE People who make stupid comments, like "I'll move if so and so wins," who will cut off their noses to spite their faces, those kinds of comments make me very sad

    January 20, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  9. fdejasu

    I added up your (CNN) numbers and came out with 10,460 participants,
    "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."
    Which begs the question where are the 96,000?
    Please explain...

    January 20, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  10. AnnAloha, PA Independent Thinker

    What's really frightening is watching young AA's in college during interveiws, explaining what their elders and parents have told them on how President Clinton was instrumental in supporting the civil rights effort and they they tell reporters that they don't wanna listen, mainly because they (the young AA) weren't there back then and why should they listen.
    If Senator Obama wants to claim a campaign of Hope, then he needs to recognize this support that President Clinton, if not then he(Sen Obama) is truly a divider. No other president since President Lincoln has supported minorities than President Clinton…and that is FACT.
    Even I as an Independent Thinker know this as basic HISTORY.
    Misleading the youth of America may be the biggest and most difficult mistake to recover from. So many emotions and so little support.

    January 20, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. Ginny, Ca

    I have faith in African American voters. I believe they will vote with their minds and their hearts and I believe the majority will vote for Hillary. They know her track record and how long and hard she worked in the civil rights movement to bring positive change and equality for every American. They know that Martin Luther King was her hero and inspired her in her civil rights work. I think it's insulting that so many of you say that African Americans will vote for Obama because he's black. Please, give those voters credit for being able to think for themselves, to be able to think beyond race and bias and to select the candidate who best represents them, their dreams, and their hopes.

    January 20, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Dave Skinner

    Why is nothing being said about how Florida Democrats are feeling about now? We were cheated in the 2000 election and now the National Democratic Party has taken away our chance to participate in the nomination process. I feel like this is being ignored by CNN. Why not ask the candidates about this tomorrow night in the debate?

    January 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. bob anderson

    Why in the world would anyone consider Guliani a front runner he hasnt finished in the top four places in any of the primaries,are you people blind or just cant count?

    January 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Matt

    People...The 10,000 number on CNN is the number of county delegates, not the the number of people who participated in the caucus.

    January 20, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Billie C. Snohomish WA

    Folks, it’s campaign time and everyone knew it wasn’t going to be pretty. All the candidates are speaking without a net – especially during the debates. Who wouldn’t say things they’d like to take back. I’m an Obama supporter. He brings an optimism we haven’t seen since JFK. He’s intelligent-he’ll learn quickly. I want to give him that chance. I believe what America badly needs today is a president of hope. Besides, our presidents aren’t dictators. They have advisors and a congress. But I will vote democratic no matter who wins the nomination and here’s why.

    Who really knows if keeping our troops in Iraq will or will not bring about the change we hope for in that country. No one. I do know that keeping troops there diverts millions of dollars from our ability to change and fix things here at home: unmanageable healthcare costs, embarrassing education results, aging bridges and infrastructure, gasoline crisis, damaging environmental impacts, immigration control, nearly insurmountable national debt, national security, etc. etc. etc. These things cannot wait for the Iraqi outcome. These things cannot wait at all. It is time to get over a win/lose mentality when it comes to Iraq and bring our troops home immediately and only a democratic president will do that. There is no shame in re-evaluating what the United States can and cannot do and reaching what is an obvious choice of economics. It is grossly irresponsible to choose the problems in Iraq over the problems here at home when we cannot afford to address both. Voting for a democratic president is voting to turn our country around for the better

    January 20, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Gordon

    The count shown on TV was the number of delegates for the particular candidate not the actual number of votes. It's very complicated process in Nevada for the Democrats. The actual delegates for the national convention will be selected at the state convention in Reno in April. That's when Obama loses all his delegates, he has just phantom delegates till then.

    January 20, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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