Black caucus in Nevada's largest county endorses Sanders

Black caucus in Nevada's largest county endorses Sanders
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The Clark County Black Caucus (CCBC) in Nevada on Thursday endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden MORE (I-Vt.) for president.

“Bernie Sanders has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights and economic justice. His presidential campaign goes the furthest in addressing issues that impact the African American community nationally and here in Nevada,” caucus chairwoman Yvette Williams said in a statement. “As representatives of this community, CCBC looks forward to working with Sen. Bernie Sanders to ensure our political system works for everyone."

“The Clark County Black Caucus represents the diverse coalition we’re building in Nevada and I am proud to gain their support,” Sanders said. “Their voice and leadership has brought meaningful change in the lives of the communities they serve, and together, we will fight against a government and political system that have historically oppressed African Americans. I look forward to winning the Nevada caucuses with them in February.”

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The most recent poll of Nevada primary voters, released Tuesday, showed Sanders closing in on the front-runner, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE, with Biden polling at 19 percent to Sanders’s 18 percent, a 1-point gap within the margin of error.

Clark county, Nevada’s most populous county, includes Las Vegas. The Clark County Education Association, the state’s biggest teachers union, also endorsed Sanders earlier this week.

Nevada is also the first primary state with a substantial Latino population, a demographic with which Sanders has led in several polls this election cycle, particularly among young voters.