President Joe Biden easily won Nevada’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night, NBC News projects, putting him one step closer to formally securing his party’s nomination for a matchup against the likely GOP nominee , Donald Trump.
representative Dean Phillipsthe Minnesota Democrat who mounted a long-shot challenge to Biden in the primaries, entered the race too late to appear on the ballot in Nevada, meaning self-help author Marianne Williamson was Biden’s best-known challenger in Tuesday’s contest.
Biden is on track to win the vast majority of votes, with Williamson finishing far behind him, just as she did in the previous two contests, in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
“I want to thank the voters of Nevada for sending me and Kamala Harris to the White House four years ago, and for taking us one step closer on the same path tonight. We must organize, mobilize and vote. Because one day, “When we look back, we will be able to say that when American democracy was at risk, we saved it – together,” Biden said in a statement.
This is the first year Nevada Democrats have held primaries rather than caucuses. The state made the change to comply with new rules from the Democratic National Committee, which also revamped the 2024 presidential nomination schedule.
Next up for Democrats on Feb. 27 will be Michigan, a newcomer in the early primary window preceding Super Tuesday and a swing state for the general election.
While Biden’s campaign has paid lip service to last Saturday’s South Carolina primary and worked to shore up support from agitated groups in Michigan, such as Muslim voters, it has made little effort in Nevada.
Although polls show Biden is weaker against Trump today than at any time in 2020, he has faced only token opposition to his re-nomination, and virtually every Democratic elected official in the country has rallied around him, depriving Phillips or Williamson of much oxygen or political momentum.
With the Democratic nomination seemingly in hand, Biden’s re-election campaign…