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Politics Campaigns hope early caucusing in Nevada could help avoid Iowa's chaos

23:40  16 february  2020
23:40  16 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Nevada Democrats said to have new 'caucus tool' to track results

  Nevada Democrats said to have new 'caucus tool' to track results Nevada party officials are apparently trying to avoid the tabulating and reporting debacle that dogged the Iowa caucus.The party was quick to point out during volunteer summits on Saturday that the new tool isn't an app, like the one that delayed results for days during the Iowa caucus earlier this month. Instead, precinct chairs will be given iPads disconnected from the internet with preloaded with the new tool.

Will They Unfold Smoothly?After the chaos in Iowa , campaigns are worried that Their questions to Iowa officials and the technology developers went unanswered.By early the next morning they And a results-counting disaster could prove even more consequential in Nevada : The state' s diversity - rou.

After the chaos in Iowa , Nevada Democrats want to show the country what a caucus should look like. “I think campaigns need to understand that in order to be successful here in Nevada , not only do you Seeking to avoid Iowa ’ s fate, the Nevada party has abandoned its plans to use the app

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 15:  Voters wait in line to enter an early voting location at IBEW Local 357 to cast their votes in the Nevada Caucus February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first time in the history, Nevadans have the option to vote early in the Democratic presidential caucuses that starts from today through the 18th, prior to the February 22nd caucus date. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)© Alex Wong/Getty Images LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 15: Voters wait in line to enter an early voting location at IBEW Local 357 to cast their votes in the Nevada Caucus February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first time in the history, Nevadans have the option to vote early in the Democratic presidential caucuses that starts from today through the 18th, prior to the February 22nd caucus date. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters have on their radar, in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast.

1. Caucus concerns

The Nevada caucuses are Saturday, but early voting has already begun -- lines are long and the state's Democratic Party says turnout could break records. The question everyone's asking: will tallying the votes go easier than it did in Iowa?

After the caucus meltdown in Iowa, Democrats in Nevada fear a repeat

  After the caucus meltdown in Iowa, Democrats in Nevada fear a repeat Voters and campaigns have become increasingly mistrustful of the caucus format since the Iowa vote and are worried that further trouble could throw the Democrats into complete disarray.Voters and campaigns have become increasingly mistrustful of the caucus format since the Iowa vote and are worried that further trouble could throw the Democrats’ 2020 primary process into complete disarray. In Nevada, those fears have only deepened since the state’s Democratic Party was forced to make abrupt changes to its caucus process because it had planned to use an iPad app developed by the same company that developed the mobile application used in Iowa.

Nevada ’s caucuses were modeled on Iowa ’ s , and the Democratic Party there faces the same Diversity aside, Nevada ’s caucuses are a lot like Iowa ’ s . Photo: David Calvert/Getty Images. Concerns have been growing that next week’s Nevada caucuses could offer a repeat of the chaos

As in Iowa , Nevada ’ s caucuses are run by the state party and not state and local election officials. Nevada Republicans do not have caucuses this year. Early voting, a complicated step that Iowa did not attempt, has added to Nevada ' s challenges. There' s uncertainty about how early voters would be

"Nevada Democrats have been working around the clock to try to prevent the caucus catastrophe that we saw in Iowa," New York Times national political correspondent Lisa Lerer said. "They were supposed to use the same app to get the results ... so the first thing they did was scrap that plan."

There was no early voting in Iowa. In Nevada, early caucusgoers can fill out their ranked preferences ahead of time instead of waiting until caucus day.

"The campaigns think that could be an asset for them," Lerer said. "They should get results earlier, but ... this has the potential to be a mess."

2. Obama's shadow

As the Democratic nomination fight enters a new stage, expect to hear the candidates spend a lot more time highlighting their ties to the most popular person in the party -- former President Barack Obama.

After the caucus meltdown in Iowa, Democrats in Nevada fear a repeat

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Nevada Democrats to use ' caucus calculators' in latest bid to avoid repeat of Iowa fiasco. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. Early caucusing in Nevada begins on Feb.

22 caucuses , adding measures intended to avoid a repeat of problems that ensnared Iowa ' s vote. But they will still rely on a complex process involving Nevada Democrats have released a revamped plan for the Feb. 22 presidential caucuses , adding measures intended to avoid a repeat of problems that

"We're going to see the candidates argue that they are in the best position to rebuild the Obama coalition," Wall Street Journal national political reporter Tarini Parti said. "So it'll be interesting to see how tightly they hug President Obama. We've seen, obviously, Joe Biden do that a lot. There's a new ad that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is airing that features President Obama and former Senate majority leader Harry Reid."

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has his own ad up that features Obama praising him. Parti said that's raising some eyebrows.

"He didn't endorse Obama in 2008, and barely endorsed him, at the last minute, in 2012," Parti said. "He called him divisive and partisan and said he had a populist agenda. So we'll see ... how much other candidates bring that up."

3. Democrats & the women's vote

Women make up the bulk of Democratic voters -- and Axios politics and White House editor Margaret Talev said she's watching for whether any of the party's presidential candidates are able to turn that to their advantage.

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4. After the caucus confusion in Iowa , Nevada has dispensed with two apps designed by the same company. Nevada Democrats say they will have access to a paper trail, through the reporting sheets that all precinct leaders are required to complete, in the event that the online transmission goes haywire.

As they watched Iowa ’ s caucuses melt down last week, Nevada Democrats made the quick decision to scrap an app designed by the now-notorious We’re working around the clock to make sure what happened in Iowa doesn’t happen in Nevada .” It doesn’t help that Nevada is trying to pull off perhaps

"So far, Bernie Sanders is a clear preference of men inside the Democratic Party," Talev said. "But it's not true for women."

Recent national polls show no particular favorite, with support divided up among all the top candidates.

4. Trump's wall money

President Donald Trump isn't getting the wall money he wants from Congress so his administration announced last week it'll divert nearly $4 billion in Pentagon funding to construction on the southern border. That's prompted bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill, CNN congressional correspondent Phil Mattingly reports.

"This is allowed because of the President's national emergency declaration last year," Mattingly said. "What's interesting about this tranche of funds ... is that instead of coming from money that had been allocated for drug interdiction or military construction, like last year, it's coming from projects like fighter jets, tanks, ships -- things that members of Congress care very deeply about."

Mattingly said Congress may vote to reject Trump's plan, but the President would just veto it.

Nevada Democrats turn to Scantron-style paper ballots after Caucus Day chaos in Iowa

  Nevada Democrats turn to Scantron-style paper ballots after Caucus Day chaos in Iowa The move sheds new light on long-awaited plans to avoid an Iowa-style voting debacleA memo sent to campaigns on Monday confirms early voters will fill out paper ballots that will later be sent to party-run “processing hubs” for scanning and storage.

"There's no expectation that this can be blocked," Mattingly said. "They will be voting once again to block the national emergency. Congress has done it twice, the Senate has passed it twice, the President has vetoed it twice. But it's a tough vote for members to take, particularly ... endangered Republicans who might care about some of these specific projects."

5. Trump heads west

And from CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson:

Trump will head out West this week, flexing his muscles in several states just as Democrats try to do the same in Nevada.

In the Silver State, which Trump lost in 2016 by fewer than 3 points, the President will speak with graduates who were previously incarcerated, highlighting his efforts on criminal justice reform. And in California, Trump is set to bring in one of his biggest fundraising hauls at a donor event.

The President will also appear in Arizona, a state he won by just under 4 points, as well as Colorado where he will rally and have a joint fundraiser for Sen. Cory Gardner, who has a tough reelection bid this cycle. His travels suggest that the West will be a battleground, with both parties vying for an edge as demographics continue to shift.

Nevada polls: Health care emerges as the top single issue among Nevada Democrats .
Health care once again emerged as the single top issue for Democrats in Nevada in Saturday's caucuses -- though as in Iowa and New Hampshire, the vast majority of voters also said they were more interested in defeating President Donald Trump than in any one issue. © FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Bellagio hotel workers check in before caucusing at Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada February 22, 2020.

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