(JTA) — Bernie Sanders swept to victory in the Nevada caucuses, becoming the undisputed front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, finished Saturday’s caucus with about 47 percent of the vote, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 19 percent and, in third place, former South Bend, Indiana mayor, Pete Buttigieg, with 15 percent.
The Nevada caucus is the first nominating caucus in a racially diverse state. Nevada is 30 percent Latino and 10 percent black, and has a fast-growing Asian American population, according to The Hill.
“In Nevada we’ve just put together a multi-generational, multi-racial coalition, which is going to not only win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country,” Sanders said Saturday night at a campaign rally in San Antonio, Texas. Texas will hold its primary on March 3, one of 14 states to hold primaries on Super Tuesday.
“No campaign has a grass-roots movement like we do, which is another reason why we are going to win this election,” Sanders also said.
Earlier this month, Sanders won the New Hampshire primary with 26 percent of the vote, followed closely by Buttigieg. The two men essentially tied in the Iowa caucuses.
Correction: A previous version of this article described the Nevada caucus as having taken place in Vermont.
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