When voters and Democratic Party presidential candidates shuffle to the Nevada caucus tonight, the electorate will be demographically different than the previous contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
According to July 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the white populations of Iowa and New Hampshire are 90.7% & 93.2% respectively. Tonight’s caucus and next week’s Primary in South Carolina contain the highest number of minority votes, specifically 29% Latino in Nevada and 27% Black in South Carolina.
As the campaigns drive on for the nomination, focus will continue on which candidate states with large Black and Latino electorate will support and how they will respond to an all white field.
In 2016, the Sanders campaign was boosted by momentum from early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, but lost in Nevada by 5% to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.