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Stephanie Serrano

Hundreds of voters gathered in Reno Monday night for Senator Bernie Sanders’ third visit to the Silver State. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there and spoke with regional voters.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

In his latest campaign swing through Northern Nevada, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders defended his plans to expand Medicare and forgive college loan debt.

Hundreds of posters were seen in supporters hands as they waved them to greet the presidential hopeful.
Stephanie Serrano

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made his first visit to Northern Nevada Wednesday night to rally for his 2020 presidential campaign. Roughly 1,500 people flooded Reno's City Plaza for his speech. KUNR Reporter Stephanie Serrano was there.

Bree Zender

The results of the race for Nevada’s open U.S. Senate seat will reach beyond the state itself. That’s why many big names in politics are traveling to the Silver State to campaign on the behalf of candidates Dean Heller and Jacky Rosen. KUNR’s Bree Zender explains. 

5 Nevadans Land Speaking Slots At DNC In Philly

Jul 25, 2016

Five Nevadans have landed speaking slots at this week's Democratic National Convention, highlighting the Silver State’s vaunted swing state status.

Those include Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, state Sen. Pat Spearman and 4th District congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen.

Kihuen, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Las Vegas, is seen as a rising star in the party.

Julia Ritchey

In just a few weeks, Nevada delegates will journey east for the Republican and Democratic national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. But not all will be representing their party's presumptive nominee. 

Paul Catha has been pulling for Bernie Sanders for more than a year, and that won't change come July 25 when he arrives in Philadelphia as a national delegate. 

Megan Messerly / Las Vegas Sun

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won Nevada at Saturday's state Democratic convention in Las Vegas. Of the 35 pledged delegates that Nevada will send to the National Convention this summer, 20 will support Clinton and 15 will support Bernie Sanders. 

That's because slightly more delegates showed up at this weekend's event in support of Clinton.

Megan Messerly, a political reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, covered the event where tensions were running high.

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Nevada Democrats are meeting Saturday for their state convention in Las Vegas. The party's main task is electing presidential delegates. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

Nevada Democrats will send 43 delegates to the national convention in July. During the February caucuses, Hillary Clinton nabbed 13 of them while Bernie Sanders claimed ten. There are also super delegates who are appointed. Right now, more are supporting Clinton. 

Megan Messerly, a political reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, says that for tomorrow, a dozen final delegates are up for grabs.

Bernie Sanders scored a big victory at Nevada's county-level Democratic conventions last Saturday — this was despite Hillary Clinton's win at the state's February 20th precinct caucuses. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Fred Lokken, political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, to break down what happened.

"I don't blame a single voter in Nevada for somehow thinking maybe the decision had been made on Saturday, Feb. 20," says Lokken on the confusion that followed the results last weekend.

Even though presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses back in February, Bernie Sanders secured more delegates for the upcoming state convention because more of his supporters showed up to Democratic county conventions over the weekend.

Washoe Dems Prepare For County Convention

Mar 29, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Washoe County Democrats are preparing to hold their county convention this Saturday at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Up to 2,000 people are expected to attend in order to elect delegates to the state convention in May. Elected officials, state and local candidates will also be speaking, including former state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, who is running for U.S. Senate.

The county convention is the second in a three-step process that Nevada Democrats use to award delegates and select a presidential candidate. 

Julia Ritchey

The Associated Press is reporting that Hillary Clinton will beat out Bernie Sanders in Nevada for her second win toward the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Reid Predicts Close Race, Decent Turnout For NV Caucus

Feb 17, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Nevada Senator Harry Reid is promoting the state’s caucus this Saturday with a pitstop at the Washoe Democratic Party offices in Reno on Wednesday.  

Reid is predicting a close race between Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, neither of whom he will endorse until after the caucus. 

"I think it's better that I'm not seen as Bigfooting the caucuses, that people should feel that I'm a fair arbiter of what's going on."

Caucus Looming, Sanders Talks Western Issues In Reno

Feb 13, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Fresh off a win in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made another stop in Reno over the weekend. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there.  


Sanders is stepping up his campaigning in Nevada less than a week before the Democratic caucus. 


On Saturday, he appeared at a forum called “Real Solutions for Real People” sponsored by several local and national progressive groups and held at the University of Nevada, Reno. 



In the New Hampshire primary, we saw Bernie Sanders come out way on top, by even more than expected. But can he keep that momentum heading into South Carolina and then Nevada, where Hillary Clinton has had boots on the ground for a whole year? To dig into that question, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with two local political scientists, Precious Hall and Fred Lokken who both teach at Truckee Meadows Community College.

In Reno, Bill Clinton Zings Hillary's Rivals

Jan 22, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Former President Bill Clinton swung through Reno Friday night to campaign for his wife, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton. 

He spoke for more than hour to a crowd of about 500 people at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

Although never mentioning any other candidates by name, Clinton struck out at Republicans for what he called divisive politics.

"When they get done blaming Mexicans, Muslims and immigrants of all kinds, they blame President Obama," he said. 

Voter Profiles: Reno Activist Feels The Bern

Dec 30, 2015

Ahead of the 2016 election, we're profiling local voters to find out what issues are most important to them. Just a few days after Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders made his second stop in town, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with a local political activist who's feeling the Bern.

In a purple sweater with matching eyeshadow, Theresa Navarro is brimming with energy as she make calls at the Bernie Sanders campaign office in Reno. Navarro is a retired political consultant and full-time activist who's lived in Nevada for 45 years.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Opens First Reno Office

Dec 2, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is opening a handful of new Nevada campaign offices, including one in Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey went down to check it out.

Half a dozen volunteers are typing away behind laptops at the new Reno headquarters of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

They’re overseen by Bridget Lavington, a state deputy field director for Sanders.

"We're expecting exponential week-over-week growth and that's part of the reason we brought so many paid staff into Nevada."

Campaigns Step Up Latino Outreach In Nevada

Oct 20, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Both GOP and Democratic presidential candidates are expanding their Latino outreach efforts in Nevada — a crucial demographic for winning the state's caucus in February. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Twenty-three-year-old Benjamin Challinor is training a volunteer on how to make phone calls for the Hillary Clinton campaign at their Reno office.

Sanders Talks Free Tuition, Justice Reform At UNR

Aug 18, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders spoke to a revved up crowd at the University of Nevada, Reno on Tuesday. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.


Sanders spoke for more than an hour, his voice growing hoarse at points, hitting hard on progressive themes of economic and social justice.

More than 1,000 people showed up to hear the Vermont senator speak. With many UNR students in attendance, the senator got some of his biggest applause for his stance on college tuition.