Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead In Nevada Caucus

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Senator Bernie Sanders increased his chances of winning the Democratic nomination to fight Donald Trump in the presidential election by cementing a decisive lead over his opponents in the Nevada caucus on Sunday.

With nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting, the veteran senator for Vermont clinched a landslide victory with 35,512 popular votes, which is 47.1 percent of the polling, reports said.

Joe Biden finished a distant second, unable to win even half of the votes that the frontrunner managed. The former Vice President won 17,169 votes, or 21 percent of the total polled.

Pete Buttigieg, who gave a tough fight to Sanders in New Hampshire, came in third, winning 14,948 votes, or 13.7 percent. The former Mayor alleged inconsistencies in the results.

All the other candidates were confined to single digits.

Sanders received massive backing from Hispanics, who make up a third of Nevada's more than three million strong population. Back to back victories in New Hampshire and Nevada give a big boost to Sanders ahead of Super Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Trump appeared to suggest that Sanders is the deserving Democratic candidate to take him on in November's presidential election.

Speaking to the media at White House before his departure to India, he congratulated Sanders for "a great win." According to him, "the Democrats are treating Bernie Sanders very unfairly."

Asked if he believes that Russia is trying to interfere in the U.S. election to help Sanders, Trump said, "It sounds to me like a leak — a leak from Adam Schiff, because they don't want Bernie Sanders to represent them."

To a question whether Sanders will be the nominee, Trump replied, "I think so. I think Bernie is looking more and more like he'll be the nominee unless they cheat him out of it. A lot of people thought he was going to be the nominee last time, and that didn't work out. I think they're watching it very closely."

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