Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the Nevada Democratic caucus, NBC News projected Saturday, strengthening his early pole position in the race for the presidential nomination.

Nevada Democrats chose their presidential favorites in a test of whether 2020 White House hopefuls can extend early success — or earn enough support to even stay in the race.

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Voters gathered to caucus at 3 p.m. ET in the third nominating contest of this year’s Democratic primary. Nevada awards 36 pledged national delegates proportionately, based on congressional district level and statewide results.

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