Bernie Sanders offered classy congratulations to Hillary Clinton for her win in Nevada, but the Democratic presidential candidate also found several silver linings in his caucus defeat.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:
I just spoke to Secretary Clinton and congratulated her on her victory here in Nevada. I am very proud of the campaign we ran. Five weeks ago we were 25 points behind and we ended up in a very close election. And we probably will leave Nevada with a solid share of the delegates.
I am also proud of the fact that we have brought many working people and young people into the political process and believe that we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday. I want to thank the people of Nevada for their support that they have given us and the boost that their support will give us as we go forward.
In the days leading up to the caucus, there was heavy speculation that Nevada could be another nail-biter caucus similar to what Democrats saw in Iowa. The reality is that Sen. Sanders made a good run at a state that had been always considered part of Sec. Clinton’s strategic firewall.
There is nothing for Sen. Sanders or his supporters to hang their heads over. Bernie Sanders has shown an ability to make up huge polling deficits in short periods of time. The Clinton campaign had the superior organization in Nevada. Sanders was not able to get the big Independent turnout in Nevada that had helped him in other early states. Eighty-percent of the turnout in Nevada was Democratic, and Hillary Clinton won 56% of them.
Bernie Sanders ran a good campaign, but it wasn’t good enough to beat Hillary Clinton in Nevada.