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Opening Odds to Win Nevada Caucuses Favor Bernie Sanders … by a Lot

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Online betting sites established Bernie Sanders as the -330 favorite to win the Nevada caucuses. Photo by Gage Skidmore (Flickr).
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  • Bernie Sanders is an overwhelming -330 favorite coming off his win in New Hampshire
  • Find out how the odds could shift prior to Nevada voters having their say on Feb. 22nd

The next test in Bernie Sanders’ run for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination is the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, Feb. 22nd. If the betting line at online sportsbooks is to be believed, Sanders will pass this exam with flying colors.

Oddsmakers peg Sanders as a prohibitive -330 favorite to win the Silver state.

2020 Democratic Presidential Nevada Caucus Odds

Candidate Odds
Bernie Sanders -330
Joe Biden +345
Pete Buttigieg +655
Amy Klobuchar +2150
Elizabeth Warren +3750
Michael Bloomberg +4000
Tom Steyer +4000
Tulsi Gabbard +30000

Odds taken Feb. 14.

On average across the leading sportsbooks, Sanders is the +124 favorite in the latest 2020 Democratic nominee odds following his win in New Hampshire.

Sanders Climbs In National Polls

Morning Consult released a national poll of Democratic primary voters on Thursday. It showed Sanders increasing his advantage across the country. He was at 25% prior to his win in the New Hampshire primary. Since then, his total has grown to 29%.

Sanders now enjoys a double-digit lead. Joe Biden, in second place, dropped from 22% to 19%. Biden is off to a slow start. He finished fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire.

The only other gainers among the contenders were Michael Bloomberg (17% to 18%) and Amy Klobuchar (3% to 5%).

Bernie Also Leading In Nevada

The latest Nevada poll conducted by fivethirtyeight.com also shows Sanders to be the healthy frontrunner there.

Sanders is shown with 24.8% of support from Nevada voters. Biden (16.0%) is second. Elizabeth Warren (10.8%) and Pete Buttigieg (10.1%) are also polling in double digits.

Klobuchar’s strong third-place showing in New Hampshire doesn’t appear to be bolstering her chances in Nevada. She’s polling in sixth spot at just 4.2%. The Minnesota Senator is even trailing longshot Tom Steyer (6.4%).

This Bernie bump is a relatively new development. As recently as Feb. 5th, Biden led Nevada with 22.8% of support. Sanders assumed the top spot the next day and has held forth ever since.

Nevada Presents More Diverse Populous

The populations of both Iowa and New Hampshire were 90% white. Nevada includes a significant Latino population.

Thus far, none of Buttigieg, Warren or Klobuchar have polled particularly well among people of color. Biden, on the other hand, does well among that segment of the population.

Who Could Make A Move In Nevada?

One factor that could swing the voting dramatically in Nevada is the state’s powerful culinary union. It represents over 60,000 workers in Nevada’s vital hospitality industry.

The union has declined to endorse a Democratic candidate in the caucuses. This move is seen as a protest against Sanders’ Medicare For All plan. The Nevada culinary union already has in place a very strong health insurance plan. They wouldn’t be interested in giving it up if Sanders ended up in the White House.

Biden has the endorsement of one current and two former Nevada members of Congress. He’s also being backed by two former Nevada Governors. On is also an ex-Senator.

The Las Vegas Sun publicly endorsed Klobuchar and Biden earlier this week. The paper also cited Sanders as the one major Democratic candidate it didn’t think was capable of defeating President Donald Trump.

Biden needs to make a strong move in Nevada. If he can swing the culinary union to his side, Biden might be the one to give Sanders a run for his money.

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