Nevada’s highly anticipated caucuses are the first hurdle 2020 Democratic presidential candidates need to overcome to prove their bona fides with a more diverse electorate than Iowa and New Hampshire.

The third state contest, the first in the West, also presents the seven contenders whose names will appear on caucus cards across Nevada — Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren — with the opportunity to notch up much-needed delegates, attract positive media attention, and entice donations at a critical juncture in the Democratic race for the White House before it’s derailed by Michael Bloomberg and his $400 million-plus advertising buy.

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If you’re a betting person, you’d put money on Sanders winning a sizable number of Nevada’s 36 pledged delegates, which are apportioned either via congressional district or statewide results from the caucuses.

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