Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the Nebraska Democratic Caucus over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It appears the enthusiasm Sanders built with his visit Thursday to the Lied Center in Lincoln paid off during caucuses throughout the state. With nearly all votes counted, Sanders leads Clinton 19,120 to 14,340 or a 57/43% split.
The Nebraska Democratic Party reports Sanders will receive 15 delegates and Clinton 10. Nebraska has five Super Delegates, three of whom are pledged to Clinton. The two others remain uncommitted.
Sanders won all of the most populace counties in the state, including Douglas, Sarpy, Lancaster, Hall, Buffalo, and Scotts Bluff.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers calls the caucus a great success.
“This has been a great day. It has been our celebration of democracy,” Powers tells reporters gathered at the Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln. “Throughout the state, from Scottsbluff to Sioux City, we have had nothing but great attendance.”
Powers says the only hang-up were the lines, but caucus goers didn’t seem to mind.
“You know, people stand in line to watch other people play a game. They stand in line to watch other people play music. But, today, we had Democrats happy to stand in line so that they could participate in picking the next president,” Powers says.
The Sanders campaign issued this statement on the Nebraska results:
“I thank the people of Nebraska for their strong support. The win in Nebraska coupled with a double-digit victory in Kansas tonight will put us on a path toward victory. We’ve got the momentum, the energy and the excitement that will take us all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“I feel good about our campaign because the voters are sending a clear message. No matter what the pundits say, it is the voters who will decide this election.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]