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Nevada Democratic Caucus: Fake it till you make it

SFU Student Volunteers at Bernie Rally during Nevada Caucus 2016
Hillary Supporters at Nevada Caucus 2016

California doesn’t caucus. But I have new expertise in the arcana after filming in Reno, Nevada for ARay Studios. Nevada Democratic caucus goers met in rural schools and urban stripmalls to support their candidates, and volunteers shepherded them through the complexity.

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton held rallies. Bill Clinton attended in Hillary’s place, filling the small Clinton HQ on the edge of Reno. The crush in the tiny room seemed like a security nightmare; maybe it’s a ho-hum event for the pros.

Secret Service keep an eye on Former President Bill Clinton at the Hillary Campaign Headquarters during the 2016 Nevada Democratic Caucus

I hadn’t been to Reno since the 1970s, shameful because it’s only a few hours away.

Reno Nevada Strip                Storm over Reno, Nevada clears for Nevada Democratic Caucus 2016

Nevada has a reputation for poor voter turnout.  I asked a volunteer about that, and he said Nevadans, especially younger voters, feel disenfrancished. The young people we interviewed were deeply passionate and well informed, especially in the Bernie camp, so maybe the tide will turn.

Nevada Bernie Sanders Rally

Photo by a Bernie student volunteer. Trevor (in photo above) traveled from San Francisco to help caucus.


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