One of the quirks of the primary calendar is that the Democrats have their South Carolina Primary a week after the Republicans. Democrats are concentrated on the Nevada Caucus, which takes place on February 20. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been campaigning out west, therefore. Since a recent poll suggested that Clinton and Sanders are essentially tied, Team Hillary has been rolling out the expectations game, suggesting since the Democratic electorate is 80 percent white, Sanders has the advantage, just like in New Hampshire. The stance has backfired because it has gotten Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid angry at Hillary Clinton, according to Politico.
For one thing, Reid and his allies point out that Nevada is about 54 percent white, with 26 or so percent being Hispanic, the rest being African American, Asian, and so on. For another thing, Harry Reid is as close to a political boss as exists in Nevada Democratic politics, so angering him is not something one should do if one wants to carry the state as a Democrat. Reid likely has enough say over who Nevada’s superdelegates support that Clinton should be worried.
The dust-up in Nevada is just the latest misstep committed by the Hillary Clinton campaign. While she has proven to be a poor campaigner who has not made the case that she should be president aside that she is a woman and is entitled to the job, Clinton has relied on the support of the #Democratic Party establishment to boost her chances. Despite the tie in Iowa and the stomping in New Hampshire, Clinton is comfortably ahead in the only metric that counts, that being the number of delegates, thanks to her support by Democratic office holders and party insiders.
Clinton is going to have to mend fences with Reid and his party machine in Nevada. The effort takes on added importance due to the threat that Sanders will do well in the state, meaning that Hillary Clinton will need the extra cushion of superdelegates to keep the venerable socialist from Vermont at bay. #Election 2016