Hillary Clinton Wins Democratic Caucuses in Nev.

The former secretary of state held off Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the tightly contested race.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks at her primary-night party Feb. 9, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, N.H.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks at her primary-night party Feb. 9, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, N.H. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton won Nevada’s Democratic caucuses Saturday, according to the Associated Press, holding off an unexpectedly difficult challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

In a race that many initially called too close to predict, Clinton eked out a victory over Sanders (52 percent to 48 percent with 75 percents of precincts reporting), and most likely shored up her support after her stinging defeat by the Vermont senator in New Hampshire. 

An ABC News analysis said female caucusgoers in the state are favoring Clinton over Sanders. 

According to its data, Clinton is scoring higher among more-educated and higher-income caucusgoers, while Sanders is prevailing among those with lower incomes and less schooling.

Sanders is winning 77 percent of independents—though independents make up only about 20 percent of caucusgoers—and about 54 percent of Hispanics are supporting Sanders. Nearly 20 percent of overall caucusgoers are Hispanic, according to entrance polls.

This win is expected to ensure that Clinton is in a stronger position heading into South Carolina, whose Democratic primary is next weekend.

Read more at ABC News

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