LAS VEGAS, Feb. 20, 2016 (UPI) — Hillary Clinton held off a powerful late rally from rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada’s Democratic caucus vote Saturday.
Clinton secured a narrow victory and told her supporters, “No one can get this done alone, not even the President of the United States.
“We’re all in this together, we all have to do our part,” she said.
With more than three-fourths of all precincts reporting, Clinton held a four-point lead over Sanders — a margin more decisive than her razor-thin Iowa win.
It was much closer than the Clinton campaign had anticipated a month ago, when polls showed the former secretary of state with a 25-point lead.
The win is expected to give Clinton some headwind in the race for the Democratic nomination. She carried leads among minority and union voters, as well as self-identified Democrats, boosting her past Sanders strong support among younger voters.
Nevada’s delegates are split proportionately, which will add 18 to 20 delegates to Clinton’s already sizable lead over Sanders.
“I am very proud of the campaign we ran,” Sanders said in a statement. “Five weeks ago we were 25 points behind and we ended up in a very close election. And we probably will leave Nevada with a solid share of the delegates.
“I am also proud of the fact that we have brought many working people and young people into the political process and believe that we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday.”