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Rod Blagojevich: Trump had ‘testicular virility necessary’ to commute sentence, unlike Obama

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich joined “Watters’ World” in an interview that aired Saturday, saying President Trump had the “testicular virility necessary to do the right thing” — something he said former President Barack Obama did not.

“Well, let me just say this, that the current president has trumped the former president when it comes to the testicular virility necessary to do the right thing and to undo injustice,” Blagojevich told host Jesse Watters. “I went to prison and spent nearly eight years in prison for things that aren’t crimes, routine politics.”

“A lot of the same fake stuff that they tried to do to President Trump, they’ve done to me and some of the very same people, some of the same characters who did it to me are involved in doing it to President Trump,” he added.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S SENTENCE COMMUTED: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S CASE

Trump on Tuesday announced he was commuting the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted for attempting to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat when he was elected president.

The former governor has maintained his innocence since his release, sparking condemnation from critics on both sides of the political aisle.

On CNN Friday, Blagojevich sparred with host Anderson Cooper, who claimed Blagojevich was engaging in the usage of a “whole new alternate universe of facts” and failing to admit guilt.

“That may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bulls—,” Cooper said.

“It’s not bulls—, I lived it myself, it’s not bulls— at all,” Blagojevich responded.

Blagojevich told Watters on Saturday that Obama could have acted on his situation before leaving office but failed to do so.

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“President Obama surely must have known something like that, that were the circumstances surrounding my situation, I think he could have acted at the appropriate time, considering the political implications when he left office,” he said.

“He didn’t do it,” Blagojevich added. “And how ironic that President Trump, who I met briefly on [‘The Apprentice] will become the first president American history to fire and free the same guy.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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These states recently enacted bail-reform laws

Some states have taken steps in recent years to close the gap between what criminal justice advocates claim are two tiers of the justice system: one where people can effectively buy themselves out of police custody and another where those arrested for low-level offenses are stuck in jail because they lack the financial means to bond themselves out.

Many critics say the bail system punishes people for being unable to pay and leaves defendants in a cycle of debt.

Under most bail-reform law, criminal courts are prohibited from setting cash bail in most misdemeanor cases and some non-violent felony cases. States such as New York, California and New Jersey have taken steps to ban the practice, while smaller jurisdictions are also adopting similar reforms.

New York

New York’s recently enacted bail law has been steeped in controversy since it went into effect Jan. 1. Critics have cited the law for the release of criminals who would otherwise be held in police custody on bail but re-offended instead.

One offender, Tiffany Harris, was arrested in early January on suspicion of punching a woman in the face unprovoked after she was released from police custody for another offense without bail.

In another case, a New York City subway thief thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his release despite hundreds of previous arrests.

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Aerial view of Rikers Island, New York’s City main jail complex.

“Bail reform, it’s lit!” Charles Barry said as he was being transferred by police to Manhattan Central Booking. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defended the law, calling it an “ongoing process.”

“We need to respond to the facts but not the politics, we need to act on information and not hyperbole,” he said in January.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act took effect in 2017 and essentially overhauled the state’s bail system by eliminating cash bail.

A 2019 report from the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts concluded that those released under the new law were no more likely to commit a crime while awaiting trial than those released under the prior system.

Meanwhile, the state’s jail population has decreased while defendants continue to make their court appearances.

“Concerns about a possible spike in crime and failures to appear did not materialize,” the report says, according to NorthJersey.com.

Californa

The state’s landmark voter referendum to end cash bail has been put on hold after the bail industry successfully launched a referendum drive to let voters decide the issue again in November, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles. California voters will decide the fate of a bail reform referendum in November. 

Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 10 in 2018 to end cash bail for most suspects accused of nonviolent felonies, which was slated to go into effect last year. The bill would give judges greater power to decide who should remain in jail until trial and would eliminate cash bail.

The bail industry argues the legislation would release violent criminals onto the streets.

Alaska

Alaska joined the national trend of enacting bail reform in 2018, only for it to be rolled back months later by Republican Gov. Michael Dunleavy.

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Senate Bill 91 gave the state the ability to create a tool to assess a criminal suspect’s risk of whether or not they will show up to court or will commit a crime while out on bail.

In July 2019, Dunleavy signed into law House Bill 49, which effectively repealed the Senate legislation.

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Rod Blagojevich: Trump had ‘testicular virility necessary’ to commute sentence, unlike Obama

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich joined “Watters’ World” in an interview that aired Saturday, saying President Trump had the “testicular virility necessary to do the right thing” — something he said former President Barack Obama did not.

“Well, let me just say this, that the current president has trumped the former president when it comes to the testicular virility necessary to do the right thing and to undo injustice,” Blagojevich told host Jesse Watters. “I went to prison and spent nearly eight years in prison for things that aren’t crimes, routine politics.”

“A lot of the same fake stuff that they tried to do to President Trump, they’ve done to me and some of the very same people, some of the same characters who did it to me are involved in doing it to President Trump,” he added.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S SENTENCE COMMUTED: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S CASE

Trump on Tuesday announced he was commuting the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted for attempting to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat when he was elected president.

The former governor has maintained his innocence since his release, sparking condemnation from critics on both sides of the political aisle.

On CNN Friday, Blagojevich sparred with host Anderson Cooper, who claimed Blagojevich was engaging in the usage of a “whole new alternate universe of facts” and failing to admit guilt.

“That may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bulls—,” Cooper said.

“It’s not bulls—, I lived it myself, it’s not bulls— at all,” Blagojevich responded.

Blagojevich told Watters on Saturday that Obama could have acted on his situation before leaving office but failed to do so.

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“President Obama surely must have known something like that, that were the circumstances surrounding my situation, I think he could have acted at the appropriate time, considering the political implications when he left office,” he said.

“He didn’t do it,” Blagojevich added. “And how ironic that President Trump, who I met briefly on [‘The Apprentice] will become the first president American history to fire and free the same guy.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders thanks ‘multigenerational, multiracial coalition’ as he declares 3rd primary victory

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Buttigieg warns Dems against a ‘rush’ to nominate Sanders, rips ‘inflexible, ideological revolution’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg reacted to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday by pleading with Democrats against rushing to nominate the democratic socialist, suggesting doing so could prevent them from defeating President Trump.

“Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans,” the former South Bend, Ind., mayor said in a speech in Las Vegas.

The comments come after Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied in Iowa and after Sanders won the New Hampshire primary. Fox News projects Sanders will win in Nevada.

BERNIE SANDERS PROJECTED TO WIN NEVADA CAUCUSES

“Before we rush to nominate Senator Sanders as our one shot to take on this president… let’s take a sober look at the consequences — for our party, for our values, and for those with the most at stake,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg is seeking to establish himself as Sanders’ chief rival, as establishment Democrats fret over the possibility that Sanders may not be able to be stopped on his path to the Democratic nomination.

“I believe we need to defeat Trump and turn the page on this era in our politics by establishing a tone of belonging, bringing an end to the viciousness and the bullying that is tearing apart the country,” Buttigieg added. “Senator Sanders’ revolution has the tenor of combat, division, and polarization, a vision where whoever wins the day, nothing will change the toxic tone of our politics.”

Referencing Sanders, Buttigieg said: “We can prioritize either ideological purity or inclusive victory.”

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“I believe the only way to truly deliver any of the progressive changes we care about is to be a nominee who actually gives a damn about the effect you are having, from the top of the ticket, on those crucial, front-line House and Senate Democrats running to win, who we need to win, to make sure our agenda is more than just words on a page,” he said.

Speaking to supporters in San Antonio, Texas, where he is campaigning ahead of the Super Tuesday contests, Sanders celebrated his win by boasting of putting together “a multigenerational, multiracial coalition.”

“We just won the Nevada caucus. This grassroots movement is unstoppable,” Sanders tweeted. “Together, let’s win the Democratic nomination, defeat Trump and transform the country!”

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Jesse Watters calls Sanders a ‘long shot,’ says Trump ‘won every Democrat debate’

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Jesse Watters says it’s a tough time to be a Democrat following Wednesday night’s presidential debate, saying the clear winner was actually President Trump.

The “Watters’ World” host on Saturday also zeroed in on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg‘s first debate performance.

“Mike got pummeled and it wasn’t pretty,” Watters said. “He just doesn’t have what it takes and he looked like a mummy up there.”

“Trump won every Democrat debate,” Watters continued. “The Democrats are basically just picking who they’re going to lose with.”

TRUMP ACCUSES ‘CRAZY’ DEMS OF ‘DISINFORMATION,’ PREDICTS NEVADA CAUCUS PROBLEMS DURING VEGAS RALLY

The host then changed his focus to Sanders‘ chances, saying the candidate is getting the same treatment as Trump did in 2016.

“Bernie Sanders is a long shot. Half the Democratic Party hates him because he’s not even a Democrat, but he’s surging because his troops are on a mission,” Watters said. “Sanders and the ‘Bernie Bros.’ They can’t be controlled. They’re a threat to powerful people. So powerful people are now fighting back from the shadows.”

Sanders disavowed alleged Russian efforts to help his campaign Friday after The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials have determined Moscow is attempting to interfere in the Democratic primary race on his behalf.

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“Snakes in the intel agencies are doing Bernie dirty, just like they did Trump,” Watters said. “At least they briefed Bernie. Instead of wiretapping them like they did with Trump.”

“We’ll see if Bernie can handle the heat,” Watters added.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Compares Bernie Sanders Winning To The Nazis Taking France

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Cable news has been incredulous that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could actually be the Democratic nominee for president, twisting itself into knots to convince itself that it’s not so.

On Saturday, as results rolled in showing that Sanders was winning the Nevada caucuses, there were horrified reactions and doomsday warnings about Sanders getting the nomination.

The most jaw-dropping came from MSNBC host Chris Matthews. He said he was reading a book about the fall of France to the Nazis in 1940, and it reminded him of what was going on with Sanders appearing more likely to win the nomination.

“I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940. and the Gen. [Louis] Renault calls up [British Prime Minister Winston] Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How could it be over?’ He said, ’It’s over.′ So I had that suppressed feeling,” Matthews said.

Sanders’ spokesman Mike Casca tweeted after the segment that he “never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the nazis to the third reich. [B]ut here we are.”

After Sanders’ strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, Matthews also expressed his skepticism of socialists, wondering whether Sanders would like to see people executed in Central Park.

And in a similar vein, during the New Hampshire primary ― which Sanders also won ― MSNBC host Chuck Todd read an article asking whether Sanders supporters were akin to Nazis. 

On Saturday, MSNBC also had a 10-minute interview with Democratic strategist James Carville, who was most known for his work with Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He was most recently a supporter of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who dropped out this month after failing gain any significant momentum. 

Carville spent a good chunk of his interview attacking Sanders ― and then at the end of the interview, saying he thought the candidates should stop “attacking each other” and talking more about how to push the country forward ― which is actually a conversation that is already happening with debates about health care, student debt and other issues. 

He implied that voters were picking Sanders because they were ignorant, and exhorted the media to better inform the public of the “risks” of making Sanders the nominee. 

“I don’t know if us in the media are sufficiently telling people what are the risks you’re running by doing this,” Carville said, referring to doubts that Sanders could beat Trump. “I think voters need to be appraised of what’s going on here.” 

“The entire theory that by expanding the electorate and increasing turnout you can win an election is the equivalent of climate denial. When people say that, they’re as stupid to political scientists as a climate denier is to an atmospheric scientist. … Politically, you’re a fool. That’s a fact,” he added. 

“The Sanders campaign and the Trump campaign ― they’ve taken these things to the dark arts of bullying the press, abusing the press,” added host Nicolle Wallace, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration. 

The panel for the Carville interview was Wallace, host Brian Williams and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) ― not a single progressive. 

MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson also came under fire for appearing on a SiriusXM radio show and commenting on whether Sanders has support from people of color. He said that “racist white liberals seem to love them some Bernie Sanders” and then referenced Sanders’ African-American female staffers: “I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls that you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis.”

“That’s where you have crossed the line sir,” host Karen Hunter said, to which Johnson replied, “I don’t care.”

Johnson apologized on Saturday.

During the New Hampshire primary, a woman told MSNBC that while she was a fan of the network, she was so fed up with their coverage of Sanders that she was going to vote for him ― simply for that reason alone. 

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It’s A Great Day For American Democracy

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The results of the Nevada caucuses are, first and foremost, a great sign of hope for American democracy. In an era of rampant corruption and corporate control in both political parties, Nevada handed a blowout win to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ― one of two candidates in the race who has sworn off the old pattern of billionaire patronage and instead produced a policy platform designed to make this country work for working people of all colors.

The caucus results are also a reason for optimism about the future of the Democratic Party. Despite the best efforts of the party’s power brokers and big donors, voters overwhelmingly decided to back a candidate whose agenda calls for a transfer of power away from those elites and into the hands of the people.

These are causes for celebration. It has been a dark decade for democracy around the world, and the spectacle of Americans coming together to rebuke the Democratic Party’s aristocratic drift, which has driven so much of the turn to President Donald Trump’s authoritarian populism, is both beautiful and profound.

But you wouldn’t know this from the way establishment pundits, including many ostensible Democrats, reacted to Sanders’ win Saturday evening. On MSNBC, Chris Matthews literally compared Sanders’ victory to the fall of France to Nazi Germany. MSNBC host Nicole Wallace, a former George W. Bush staffer, described Democratic enthusiasm for Sanders as “political suicide,” and, puzzlingly, said the supporters of the night’s runaway victor constitute only “a squeaky, angry minority.”

This reaction is yet more evidence of the haplessness of the Democratic elite. It has been clear all year that Sanders is the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination. And after his impressive showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, the moneyed minds of the party scrambled to get behind untested thirty-something ex-Mayor Pete Buttigieg and erstwhile Republican billionaire Michael Bloomberg. On the debate stage earlier this week in Las Vegas, both men did their best to beat up on Sanders, but failed to deliver so much as a scratch. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) did as she promised she would, torching Bloomberg in a debate performance for the ages.

There were three attacks launched against Sanders during Wednesday’s debate. First, Bloomberg suggested Sanders was a capital-C Communist. Second, Bloomberg criticized him for owning three houses. Third, nearly everyone on stage, including Warren, directed at him an inexplicable question: What about your bros?

None of these attacks work. They didn’t work four years ago, and they didn’t work in Nevada. Any campaign advisers who suggested using them should be discharged for political malpractice.

Let’s go through them one by one:

The ding on Bernie’s houses is a joke. Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest men, could forswear interest income on his vast fortune and still spend a million dollars a day for more than 160 years without running dry. Yet Bloomberg claims to think it’s a problem for Sanders to own three pieces of real estate. 

The explosion of inequality over the past three decades has not been driven by people picking up vacation cabins in rural Vermont. It’s been driven by the financialization of our economy and the eruption of gains for Wall Street, gains secured by downward pressure on wages for workers around the world. Bloomberg is the walking embodiment of this problem. A man with three houses who advocates for higher taxes for himself, meanwhile, is acting on moral principle. Most people get that, even if the one-percenters on Bloomberg’s staff don’t.

Next, the Red Menace. It’s true that Americans are cagey about the word “socialism,” if less so than in decades past. But socialism only works as an attack against a vague abstraction. The same polls that show Americans wary of socialism show them enthusiastic about Sanders. When “socialism” might mean gulags, people are uncomfortable. When it means universal health care and stiff taxes on billionaires, it sounds about right.

Last but not least, the bros. Everyone who works in politics has been annoyed, harassed or insulted by Sanders’ crankiest supporters ― including people who work for Sanders. There is indeed an internet army of jerks who are very psyched about the prospect of a Sanders presidency.

So what? Attacking people who are not Bernie Sanders doesn’t draw much blood from Bernie Sanders ― particularly when one of the premises of his campaign is that he can bring in people from out of the political cold, people who might be flirting with Trump, and give them a place in the Democratic Party advocating for economic equality.

Labeling all of Sanders’ supporters as angry trolls obscures why large factions of the party are drawn to him. Hint: It’s not the chance to score cheap points on Twitter against union officials. In the real world, millions of people are responding to the message that Sanders is broadcasting ― that the nation’s political system and its economic practices are rigged against working people, and that something transformative is required to fix it. It is a very normal thing to support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party. It is abnormal to be a Sanders troll.

The women who are part of that coalition, and the people of color, and the white guys who just want to live in a decent society, don’t really want to hear from Democratic presidential candidates that, actually, they’re all a bunch of morally compromised deplorables. Nobody wants to hear that. And it’s madness that anybody involved in any of these campaigns thinks that attacking Democratic primary voters is a good strategy for winning a Democratic primary. 

In short, the Democratic Party establishment is failing to derail its progressive insurgents because the Democratic Party establishment does not understand its rank and file. So much the better for American democracy.

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Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses, Strengthening His Primary Lead

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LAS VEGAS — Senator Bernie Sanders claimed a major victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday that demonstrated his broad appeal in the first racially diverse state in the presidential primary race and established him as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

In a significant show of force, the progressive Mr. Sanders was leading his nearest rivals by a significant amount in early tallies, and The Associated Press named him the winner on Saturday evening.

His triumph in Nevada, after strong performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, will propel him into next Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, and the Super Tuesday contests immediately thereafter, with a burst of momentum that may make it difficult for the still-fractured moderate wing of the party to slow his march.

Mr. Sanders’s success, and the continued uncertainty over who is his strongest would-be rival, makes it less clear than ever how centrist forces in the party can organize themselves for a potentially monthslong nomination fight. The moderate wing is still grappling with an unusually crowded field for this late in the race, no clear alternative to Mr. Sanders and no sign that any of those vying for that role will soon drop out to hasten a coalescence.

As results were being counted on Saturday night, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the billionaire investor Tom Steyer and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota were all competing for what would clearly be a distant second place finish.

The fragmentation of the vote among all of those candidates, not only in Nevada but in the coming primaries, is likely to strengthen Mr. Sanders. After the split decision in Iowa, where he shared the lead with Mr. Buttigieg, and a modest victory in New Hampshire, he proved his ability to win convincingly in a more diverse state, an outcome that often eluded him in his 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination.

With its mix of Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American voters, Nevada offered Mr. Sanders a rejoinder to critics who claim he cannot broaden his appeal beyond his base of white liberals.

Mr. Sanders’s steady progress in the primary contest has come amid widespread grumbling and occasional howls of alarm from the Democratic establishment, which views Mr. Sanders — a 78-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont who has never joined the party — and his movement with a combination of fear and distrust. The anxiety deepened this weekend in the aftermath of reports that government intelligence officials believe the Russian government is aiding his candidacy, and after Mr. Sanders acknowledged that he was briefed on the Russians’ apparent intervention a month ago.

Yet his coalition in Nevada — where 35 percent of the voters were not white, according to entrance polls — bodes well for his prospects in the 15 states and territories that will vote on the most important day of the race in just over a week. The March 3 contests include large, diverse states such as California, Colorado and Texas, and the delegate lode is so hefty that if Mr. Sanders performs well, it will be difficult for one of his rivals to catch up given the unflagging dedication of his supporters

Making that task more difficult is that the more moderate candidates continue to split votes and, more important, show no signs that they are ready to drop out of the race. They all seem determined to forge ahead either by using their own fortunes or by raising enough money from donations to proceed. That was evident on Saturday, as candidates like Ms. Warren, Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar, as well as Mr. Sanders, traveled to rallies in states that will cast ballots on Super Tuesday. Mr. Biden appeared at a Las Vegas union hall while most votes were still uncounted to claim a comeback and vowed victory in South Carolina.

“Y’all did it for me,” he told supporters, trying out a new line aimed at his rivals. “I ain’t a socialist, I ain’t a plutocrat, I’m a Democrat.”

At the same time, his campaign asserted that Mr. Biden would finish in second place here, a claim challenged by Mr. Buttigieg’s aides.

Even as many of the candidates left the state, Nevada retained the political spotlight as the caucuses appeared to run relatively smoothly after the debacle in Iowa this month.

Democrats in this state made drastic changes to their own caucus procedures after Iowa, scrapping the software they had been planning to use and intensively training thousands of people to pre-empt problems. There were scattered reports of volunteer shortfalls at some precincts, though not on a scale that seemed to alter the contest in any appreciable way, and some precincts had problems getting through on the telephone hotline to report caucus results, prompting the state party to add phone lines.

More revealing than the caucus process was who voted — and the coalition that Mr. Sanders built in a state that derailed his then-promising candidacy four years ago.

He simply dominated the state, winning men and women, union members and nonunion workers, and those who attended college and those who did not, according to entrance polls of caucusgoers.

The Vermont senator not only won among self-described liberal voters, but also made inroads with moderates for the first time. Among self-described moderate or conservative caucusgoers, Mr. Sanders was the top vote-getter, albeit narrowly: He captured 25 percent of such voters, while Mr. Biden won 23 percent, according to entrance polls.

That was in part because many black and Hispanic voters described themselves as moderates, and because Mr. Sanders outpaced the field with Hispanics, taking 53 percent, and was second only to Mr. Biden among African-Americans.

He made less progress with older voters, whom he has repeatedly struggled with, but claimed new evidence that his calls for “a political revolution” were motivating new voters. He won voters under 30 with an extraordinary 66 percent, and dominated among the broader universe of voters who said they were attending their first caucuses, a demographic that made up just over half of the electorate.

Mr. Sanders’s performance will echo beyond Nevada and surely focus the minds of his rivals, some of which were already sounding an alarm while votes were still being cast Saturday.

“We could wake up in 10 days with Senator Sanders with a prohibitive lead or we could wake up on the road to a unified party,” Mr. Buttigieg told a handful of reporters and photographers who trailed him around a high school at the edge of Las Vegas, where Democrats assembled to cast their ballots.

Asked before the results were announced how he would slow Mr. Sanders’s march should he triumph here, Mr. Biden, stopping at a caucus site in North Las Vegas, said: “I beat him by going to — just moving on. People want to know who’s the most likely to beat Donald Trump. And even the few polls that show Bernie tied with me, or ahead of me, show me being the one that is most likely to be able to beat Trump.”

Mr. Biden emphasized the importance of keeping the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and taking back seats in the Republican-controlled Senate, and noted that he had raised “over a million bucks” since the debate on Wednesday.

Ms. Warren raised considerably more than that since her standout performance. In fact, her campaign said on Saturday that it had brought in $14 million in the 10 days after the New Hampshire primary. That could be enough to sustain her in the race through Super Tuesday, a prospect that seemed unlikely after her dismal finish in New Hampshire and given the money crunch she was in before the race there.

On Saturday, Ms. Warren stopped by a high school in Henderson, Nev., just outside Las Vegas, armed with Dunkin’ Donuts for caucusgoers.

A man thanked her for taking on the most prominent candidate not on the ballot here: Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, who is not competing in any of the early states. “As a former New Yorker, I’d like to say thank you for what you said to the mayor,” he said, alluding to Ms. Warren’s searing criticism of Mr. Bloomberg at the debate.

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Chris Wallace on Warren’s super PAC ‘about-face’: ‘Not exactly a big moral stand’

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Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and Democratic strategist Marie Harf commented on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren flip-flopping on super PACs, or Political Action Committees, saying Saturday this isn’t the first time she has altered her policies.

“This is not the first kind of about-face from Elizabeth Warren. First it was the whole issue about whether she was of Native American heritage or not. And, you know, she went on that road and it didn’t turn out very well,” Wallace said, also mentioning Warren’s “Medicare-for-all” softening. “And now super PACs, and you’re exactly right, because it wasn’t like she just said, ‘Well, this is the strategy and I want to do it with small donations, not big donations.’ She made it a moral issue.”

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“And and now what’s happened is she was in real money trouble,” Wallace added. “And so suddenly a super PAC said, we’re going to support you. And her explanation was, ‘Well, everybody else is doing it, so I’m going to do it.’ That’s not exactly a big moral stand.”

Speaking to reporters on Thursday after a stop at a campaign field office in North Las Vegas ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, Warren said: “If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in, I’ll lead the charge. But that’s how it has to be. It can’t be the case that a bunch of people keep them and one or two don’t.”

Harf, who joined Wallace for Fox News’ live special coverage of the Nevada caucuses, said Warren’s “purity tests” are “outrageous.”

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“Elizabeth Warren has done this with a number of issues throughout her career,” Harf said. “And these purity tests that she or others set up, I think, to a lot of Democrats are pretty outrageous, because why would we take away a huge piece of fundraising from the Democratic Party when other Democrats are using it and Republicans are using it?”

“Why would we fight with one hand tied behind our back?” she added.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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