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Nevada Democrats: Picking Up the Pieces

Post-convention, Nevada Democrats are returning home to heal the divisions in their party. (Chrystal Allen)
Post-convention, Nevada Democrats are returning home to heal the divisions in their party. (Chrystal Allen)
August 1, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Now that the Democratic National Convention is over, Nevada state party members are returning home to rebuild their coalition in hopes of winning in November - at the local, state and national levels.

Nevada's Democratic delegation was torn apart by tension between supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton, bolstered by a highly contentious state convention and a scandal surrounding hacked DNC emails allegedly showing party biases against Sen. Sanders.

State Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford - a Clinton supporter - said they must heal the divisions, or prepare to face a Trump presidency.

"You know, we continue to discuss the issues to ensure that we can find out the route toward complete unity,” Ford said, “because we recognize that the alternative on the other side of the aisle would be a complete disaster for our country, and would set us back generations."

Ford said the party is working to organize meetings where Sanders supporters can articulate the changes they'd like to see to Nevada's Democratic caucus system - which they contest is unfair. State party chair Roberta Lange's term ends in February, but she has yet to announce whether she will run for a fourth term.

For Ford, the greater issue is turning the purple state blue in November.

"We had a situation in 2014 where the Republicans essentially swept the board, took both state houses and every constitutional office,” he said. "But during presidential cycles, it's been blue."

The election in November is certain to stoke political passions on the left and the right as voters prepare to decide on several key state ballot initiatives regarding gun control, marijuana legalization and solar power.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV