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    Blacks, Obama Loyalists Help Clinton Overcome Sanders Surge in Nevada

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    African American voters stayed loyal to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in her 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent victory over Senator Bernie Sanders in the caucuses of the US state of Nevada, according to media reports.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Clinton won 76 percent of the African American voter in Nevada compared with only 22 percent going to Sanders, ABC News reported after the election results were announced on Saturday night.

    Clinton’s campaign leaders had predicted before the race that Nevada and South Carolina, with their large concentrations of African-American voters, would provide a "firewall" for her against the popular surge of support for young voters to Sanders, the report said.

    Exit polls indicated that she attracted support from women, older voters, blacks and a major boost from loyalists for incumbent President Barack Obama, according to the report.

    However, Sanders showed stronger appeal than Clinton among the more than 40 million-strong Hispanic American community, winning 53 percent of their votes as opposed to only 45 percent breaking for Clinton, the report noted.

    Those reported exit poll figures also revealed that Clinton ‘s appeal among Hispanics had fallen by 11 percent from the 64 percent of Hispanic Democrats who voted for her in her unsuccessful 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination against Obama.

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