Clinton wins narrowly in Nevada, but polls suggest close race nationally

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets an attendee Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at a NARAL Pro-Choice dinner in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – The results of the nation’s first Western state caucus could be a wake-up call to the Hillary Clinton campaign that their efforts to secure the Democratic nomination could take longer than previously planned.

The Nevada caucus, the third nomination contest for the 2016 race, provided Clinton with an apparent narrow vicotry.

A recent FOX News national poll indicated Sen. Bernie Sanders had captured a small lead over Clinton however other polls have been unable to replicate the same results. The Nevada contest was expected to be an easy win for the former Secretary of State until the race grew much closer from January to February.

Longer to vote than planned

Several caucus sites reported seeing longer lines than previous contests. Some caucus sites decided to delay the start of voting in order to handle the large crowds still stuck in line. In Las Vegas, the state’s most populated city, several caucus goers included casino hotel workers who were forced to balance their work schedule and voting efforts.

What’s ahead for Democrats

Next Saturday, Democratic voters will choose their nominee during a contest in South Carolina. The first Southern Democratic contest comes just a few days before a major set of nomination contests known as super Tuesday. The multiple March 1 contests are expected to keep the Sanders and Clinton campaigns crisscrossing the country coast to coast.

Democratic States Voting on Super Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia

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