Bernie Sanders looks to young Latinos for edge in Nevada caucuses


Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrive to his Get Out the Early Vote rally at Valley High School on February 21, 2020 in Santa Ana, California.

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LAS VEGAS — Elizabeth Barajas Vasquez, an 18-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter, has been having some trouble convincing her classmates to vote in the Democratic caucuses here on Saturday. So, she said, she’s started offering to buy them some food if they go.

The tactic worked with her sister.

“That’s why we went early voting and volunteering on Tuesday,” Barajas Vasquez said Friday during an interview in her government classroom at Del Sol, a public high school in Clark County.

Barajas Vasquez was one of the estimated 75,000 voters who cast a ballot in Nevada during the state Democratic party’s first-ever experiment with early voting, which was conducted over four days ending Tuesday.

Barajas Vasquez, whose birthday was this month, is also one of the young Hispanic voters whom Sanders has for months been counting on to deliver him the edge he needs to beat his rivals decisively in the first Democratic nominating contest to take place in a state with a substantial minority population.

“At first I was looking at Warren, but I guess I just vibed with Sanders more,” Barajas Vasquez said. “He seems to be very outspoken, which is a thing I am very big about. I don’t think that we should stay silent when it comes to, like he says, political revolutions. I think the stances…


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