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Nevada Democratic caucus turnout lower than in 2008

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L.E. Baskow

The numbers are verified once more following the Democratic Caucus at Rancho High School on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Officials say about 84,000 Nevada Democrats participated in Saturday's caucuses, which is nearly 30 percent fewer than in 2008.

The Nevada State Democratic Party said Monday that there were about 84,000 caucus-goers in their Democratic nomination contest, which is the first in the West and third in the nation.

About 14,000 of those voters registered the day of.

But in 2008, there were 118,000 Democratic voters who caucused, with about 30,000 registering the same day.

State party officials also said 65 percent of Saturday's participants were first-time caucus-goers and 41 percent of them were minorities.

Hillary Clinton definitively won the Nevada caucus this time around, but in 2008, she got the popular vote while then-rival and future president Barack Obama won the delegate count.

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