(RightWing.org) – While the structure of caucuses across America are similar, how they play out between states varies. Many expected Nevada to be as disastrous as Iowa before election officials there said that the state wouldn’t be using the same app that caused the first caucus meltdown of the 2020 race. So, aside from improvements to the caucus’ processes, here’s why Nevada will play out a little differently.
First is the demographics of Nevada. Iowa’s population is 90% white compared to Nevada, which is more diverse with 29% Latinos, 10% African-Americans and 8.7% Asian-Americans. The Asian-American demographic is growing faster than any other in Clark County, which houses Las Vegas.
Nevada’s diverse population means that candidates like Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) aren’t guaranteed the same support they’ve received in Iowa and New Hampshire. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) polls particularly well with Latino voters.
Additionally, the workforce in Nevada is largely service-industry related, with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 being the largest and most politically active union in the state. A controversy originated from a recent flier sent to union members that encouraged people not to vote for Sanders. It warned union members that if they did vote for Sanders, they would lose their popular union-specific health care plans.
Union members account for 14.6% of all employees in the state.
All in all, there seem to be more variables at play in Nevada than in Iowa. Time will tell what they mean come caucus day on Feb. 22nd.
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