While much of the country is focused on Super Tuesday voting, Nebraska Democrats are getting ready for Saturday’s caucus.
Both campaigns are making visits to the state this week.
Democratic Party chairman Vince Powers says there might be more interest this year than in 2008, when Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton by a two-to-one margin.
“Clinton did not campaign in Nebraska,” Powers tells Nebraska Radio Network. “She has recognized her mistake and they’ve had a paid staff on the ground now for months. They have offices in every congressional district in Nebraska, as does Senator Sanders, who has a great volunteer effort, as does Secretary Clinton.”
The last contested race was eight-years ago, when Democrats decided to have a caucus before the May Primary Election. Powers wants those who have not caucused before to know the process is simple.
“You’re going to divide up whether you support Secretary Clinton or whether you back Senator Sanders and the uncommitted,” Powers says. “People will have an opportunity to say to the uncommitted, ‘Here’s why I think the next president should be Bernie Sanders,’ and someone else will say, ‘Here’s why I think the next president should be Hillary Clinton.’”
Powers says the caucus is a county-by-county process all run by volunteers, so it might not be perfect, but the process will work.
“We have (caucus) sites in all 93 counties for the first time,” Powers says. “We’ve had a lot of advertising, so people are aware of it. Both campaigns are here and they want to win.”
Powers says you can register as a Democrat at a caucus site Saturday, if you want to take part.