January 6, 2016
The state party’s caucus dinner at the MGM Grand brought together about 2,200 activists, one of the largest gatherings before the state’s presidential caucuses on Feb. 20.
Nevada’s increasingly greater profile in the presidential sweepstakes has been promoted by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who has remained neutral in the 2016 race but has encouraged an active caucus campaign.
Reid has sought to give his home state even greater prominence, noting its growing Hispanic population and role as a competitive state in recent presidential elections. Obama won the state in both 2008 and 2012 but it was fiercely contested in both campaigns.
“No state reflects the growing diversity of our nation better than Nevada,” Reid said, before joining hands with the three Democratic candidates on stage.