UPDATE: Clinton wins Nevada caucuses; GOP voting in S. Carolina

Feb 20, 2016 7:17 PM

Hillary Clinton has pulled out a crucial victory in Nevada's Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday, overcoming an unexpectedly strong surge by Bernie Sanders and easing the anxiety of some of her supporters.

Clinton told her cheering supporters during a victory rally: "Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other." She added "This one is for you."

Clinton captured the backing of voters who said electability and experience were important in their vote. But in a continuing sign of her vulnerability, Sanders did best with voters looking for a candidate who is caring and honest.

Sanders said in a statement that he'd congratulated Clinton on her victory, but then declared his campaign has "the wind at our backs as we head toward Super Tuesday" - the multi-state voting contests on March 1.

Nevada was the first of two presidential primary contests being held Saturday. Republicans a battling in South Carolina, a state seen as billionaire Donald Trump's to lose and one that could start to clarify who, if any, of the more mainstream candidates might emerge to challenge him.


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