|Sanders wins Democratic Caucus|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 11 March 2016 18:47|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Although not the local favorite, Bernie Sanders won the Nebraska Presidential Democratic Caucuses last Saturday with 57.14 percent of the votes.
Hillary Clinton earned 42.86 percent of the votes at caucuses held statewide. A total of 33,460 votes were counted.
Sanders’ win was called with a 14.28 percent margin after 99.35 percent of the precincts reported.
Vince Powers, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair issued a statement declaring the Nebraska caucus a success. He went on to say, “I congratulate both of Sanders’ and Clinton’s campaigns and their supporters on a spirited and exciting race that focused on the needs of working Nebraska families, not just the wealthy and corporate interests.”
All but two of Nebraska’s counties, Garfield and Grant, held caucuses last Saturday, March 4.
Although Sanders came out ahead in the Nebraska Presidential Democratic Caucus, Clinton was the choice at area caucuses.
Twenty-six Chase County Democrats caucused. Clinton took 61.54 percent of the caucus vote and Sanders took 38.46 percent.
Clinton was the favorite in surrounding counties as well. The Perkins County caucus saw 21 voters. Clinton was the favorite with 76.19 percent of caucus votes.
In Dundy County, Clinton received 93.33 percent of the 15 caucus votes.
The ten Hitchcock County Democrats who caucused had a closer margin with 60 percent voting for Clinton.
Clinton took all nine caucus votes in Hayes County.
The Nebraska Democratic Party utilizes a caucus system to begin the process of selecting Presidential Preference delegates to the nominating convention in Philadelphia this summer. The May primary is not binding, and therefore will have no effect on Nebraska’s Presidential preference choices.
Parties open ballots
The Democratic and Libertarian parties of Nebraska have notified Secretary of State John Gale they have opened their ballots during the Primary Election on May 10 to allow nonpartisan voters to vote in any race where their party is nominating a candidate for partisan office.
Both parties did the same thing prior to the primary election in 2014. As a result, nonpartisan voters can request a partisan ballot early from their county election office or at their polling place on Election Day.
The first early ballots will be mailed by the counties on April 4. Early voting at the county election offices will start on April 11.