Sanders aide predicts strong performance in Nevada

A senior aide to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign expressed optimism about Sanders's strength in Nevada during an interview with Hill.TV on Tuesday.

During an interview on Hill.TV's "Rising" as New Hampshire conducted the first primary of the 2020 season, Chuck Rocha told hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti to "pay attention" to the Nevada caucuses once the New Hampshire primary concludes Tuesday.

"But a few things about Nevada that makes it different, I think is a great advantage for us," Rocha said. "Of course, one is the Latino vote and we've done amazing work on the ground for over eight months."

"Pay attention to Nevada," Rocha added. "I've got some tricks in my little bag of tricks that you haven't seen yet. Nevada's going to be great."

His remark came after he was pressed earlier in the interview to drop hints about the campaign's strength in Nevada, which has not seen a poll of the Democratic electorate in the state in weeks.

"It's going to be interesting," said Rocha of Nevada, adding that the caucuses would come down to "turnout."

Nevada's caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 11, though voters can cast their first and second alignment preferences days earlier as well. A FiveThirtyEight analysis of the race shows Sanders leading the Democratic pack with the support of 24.2 percent of voters, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE (D) trails him at 18.8 percent.

Updated at 1:15 p.m. to correctly refer to Mr. Rocha.