Democrat Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Caucus with 53% of the vote (between two candidates vying). Republican Donald Trump won with 46% (among six candidates). But before the numbers are translated to percentages, they're reported in raw votes and those numbers reveal some interesting facts. Although voter turnout was high for Republicans, it only represented a fraction of the number registered.
For the sake of comparison, the combined votes cast for all Republicans equalled approximately 14% of registered Republican voters in the state. The number cast for the two Democrats combined equalled about 2% of registered Democrats.
Here are some other Nevada raw vote facts:
- Nevada had nearly 100,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans but there were far more votes cast for Republicans in the caucuses.
- Trump received 34,531 votes; Clinton received 6,316.
- Trump received more than five and a half times as many votes as did Clinton, even though Republican votes were divided six ways and votes by Democrats divided between just two candidates.
- Trump nearly tripled the number of votes between Clinton and fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders combined, even though Democrats far outnumber Republicans in the state.
- Clinton's total vote number equalled about 1% of the number of registered Democrats.
- Trump's total vote number equalled about 7% of the number of registered Republicans.
According to the Nevada Secretary of State, as of January 2016:
There were 1,469,500 total registered voters in Nevada
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This Sunday on Full Measure, Scott Thuman counts the campaign fundraising and "outside" money totals for the top candidates. We'll also have the incredible story of a federal experiment on critically ill, extremely premature infants that carried serious risks, including death, that parents weren't told about. The government's own ethics body said the study violated rules requiring test subjects provide "informed consent." But the researchers defend the study as perfectly safe and ethical, and attacked the ethics body for its findings. Also, a fun look at political cartoons in a wacky presidential campaign season!