Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

The Nevada State Democratic Party has announced the digital tool it will be using to count its caucus results. 

Quote from Jeremy Gelman. I think the lesson of Trump is get into the race, see how it goes, stick with it, and there's a chance you can win. So a lot of people are taking that chance.
Jayden Perez / KUNR

For the 2020 election, a whopping 29 Democratic presidential candidates initially ran to become their party's nominee. Now, there are eight Democratic contenders left in the running.

KUNR’s Jayden Perez spoke with Jeremy Gelman, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, about this trend of having large candidate pools, and some of the impacts.

Joe Biden supporters display a giant poster of the former Vice President wearing his trademark Aviator sunglasses with the outline of Nevada in the background.
Noah Glick

Las Vegas had more than gaming, entertainment and live shows Sunday night. The First in the West caucus event, hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party, gave Democratic Presidential hopefuls a chance to make their pitch to Nevada Democrats.

Miss the event? No problem. We've got photos for you right here.

Nevada GOP's Early State Status Under Threat

May 9, 2016
Julia Ritchey

A story in Politico this week is stirring up debate about the future of the Nevada GOP's prominent role in the presidential nominating process. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Julia Ritchey

Internal divisions and a leadership vacuum are complicating the Washoe County Republican Party's efforts ahead of the November election. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey went to a meeting of local Republicans this week that ended with shouting and a call to the police. 

The chaos began as 200 people convened for the quarterly meeting of the Washoe County Republican Central Committee, a fairly routine gathering.

The person you're hearing is vice-chair of the Washoe County GOP, Tom Dickman, attempting to bring the meeting to order.

Washoe County GOP Officers Resign, Citing Divisions

Mar 9, 2016

Squabbling within the Washoe County Republican Party has led to the resignations of all four of its elected officers. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Chairman Adam Khan and the vice chair, secretary and treasurer of the Washoe County GOP announced at a party meeting last night that they'd be leaving their positions.

KUNR Breaks Down Nevada's Republican Caucus

Feb 24, 2016
Julia Ritchey

  Donald Trump won Nevada last night, as expected, landing nearly 46 percent of the vote.  Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz trailed behind him, with 24 and 21 percent of the vote.  To break down last night's results and share more from the caucus scene in Reno and Sparks, our reporter Julia Ritchey sat down with News Director Michelle Billman.

“Trump didn't just win Nevada, he easily won Nevada,” says Ritchey. “I think most political observers were expecting that, and we were more curious about who would come in second.”

Julia Ritchey

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton landed a decisive victory in Nevada's caucus over the weekend, taking 52 percent of the vote to Sanders' 48. But it wasn't all bad news for the Sanders camp. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, northern Nevada was actually a bright spot for his campaign.

Long lines of voters snaked around the Ansari Business School at the University of Nevada, Reno, campus on Saturday. The university hosted five precincts made up of downtown residents and college students like Devonnie Matthews, a senior who decided to caucus for Sanders.

NV Dems Scold Republicans Over Caucus 'Double Dipping'

Feb 19, 2016
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Democratic Party leaders and Nevada's Secretary of State are discouraging voters from trying to participate in both caucuses after a loophole was discovered.

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske says those suspected of participating in both caucuses will be reported to both major political parties and may be subject to disqualification from further voting.

How Nevada's Millennials Are Rocking The Vote

Feb 18, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Millennials are reshaping everything from health care to the workplace to our political system. To find out what issues and candidates are motivating this influential demographic in Nevada, Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey sat down with two friends: Hawah Ahmad, president of the Young Democrats of Nevada, and Miranda Hoover, president of the College Republicans, here at the university.

Below are excerpts of their conversation.

Q: What’s the energy level right now ahead of the caucus? Do college students care about this election?

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."

Deadline Nears For NV Republican Caucus

Feb 11, 2016
Julia Ritchey

"How many have never been to a caucus before?" asks Phyllis Westrup, caucus chair for the Washoe County Republican Party. 

Hands shoot up around the room of first-time caucus goers at the Washoe County Republican Party headquarters this week in Reno.

Caucus chair Phyllis Westrup is surprised by how few people have done this before.

"To me that's amazing... and that's the way it was on Saturday, too."

Westrup walks the group of about 50 through the process step-by-step.

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. 

Julia Ritchey

With less than a month until the Nevada caucus, Washoe County Democrats are holding training sessions to teach newcomers how it works. To demystify the process, our reporter Julia Ritchey attended a mock caucus earlier this week.  

About 50 people crowd into the Washoe County Democratic headquarters in Reno to learn how to caucus. But tonight, instead of pledging support for a candidate, they get to choose their preferred Muppet.

Volunteer: "Please go ahead and stand in the preference group of your choice..."

Julia Ritchey

Republican presidential hopefuls will face off Tuesday for the fifth GOP debate in Las Vegas — about two months before Nevada's caucuses. From secret ballots to all-day stump speeches, this system can be confusing to first-timers. To de-mystify the process, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Precious Hall, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. Below is their conversation, and an abbreviated Q+A. 

Q: What is the difference between a caucus and a primary?