Former First Lady Hillary Clinton won Saturday’s Nevada Caucuses and the Democrats in Laughlin helped her along the way to victory. A total of 219 Democrats from Nevada’s southern-most voting precincts converged on William G. Bennett Elementary School to participate in Saturday’s caucus. The precincts included Democrats from as far away as Cal Nev Ari and those that live on the Nevada portion of the Fort Mohave Indian Reservation, near the Avi Hotel and Casino.
Laughlin Democratic Club president and Clinton supporter, Terry Ursini, oversaw the local event. He was happy not only by the final outcome but by the turnout, as well. There are more than 1,700 Democrats registered in the Laughlin area and Ursini said the 12 percent turnout was still very good for a caucus, where everyone must make their votes in public.
Precinct 1074 had the largest number of caucus-goers at 104. Clinton won the seven delegates that were allotted to the precinct when she defeated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 60-40. The precinct includes all residences east of Needles Highway. For his 40 votes, Sanders was allocated four delegates. Ursini said that two people walked out of the caucus without casting a vote and two others remained uncommitted throughout the entire process.
The local delegates will attend the Nevada state convention to decide who will represent their candidate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
In Precinct 1750, which includes the Crown Pointe Apartment Complex and most of the Canyon Terrace neighborhoods, Clinton beat Sanders, 32-16 with one Democrat remaining uncommitted.
In Precinct 1751, which includes the Bilbray Ranch, Laughlin Estates and other neighborhoods west of Needles Highway outside of Canyon Terrace, Clinton won 31-12.
In Precinct 1753, which are all residents in the Desert Springs neighborhood, near the Avi, Clinton claimed all but three votes, winning the single delegate that was allotted to the precinct.
In Precinct 1067, which included all Democrats in the Palm Garden neighborhood on U.S. Highway 95, just north of the Laughlin junction, as well as those living in Cal Nev Ari, five Democrats made the trip to Laughlin to participate. Clinton was the choice of four of those voters, which secured her another delate to the state convention.
In total, Clinton won 12 delegates to the state convention while Sanders will have eight from the Laughlin area.