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Nevada Democrats launch Spanish website

The Nevada State Democratic Party has launched a Spanish version of its website as part of efforts to reach to Latino voters.

The party unveiled its new website last week. It comes as the Democratic caucus is rapidly approaching. Democrats will caucus Saturday in Nevada, giving their preference for who should get the Democratic nomination for president.

The site will do outreach encouraging participation in the caucus and the November general election. To visit the Spanish version of the website, go to esp.nvdems.com.

“This new website will make it much easier for Nevadans who speak Spanish to get their caucus information, learn about the Democratic Party and support our candidates this November,” said Mariela Hernandez, political director of the Nevada State Democratic Party.

The Democrats also have spruced up their English website, which is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate. That site is nvdems.com.

Ben Botkin

Dueling Democrats

The two Democratic candidates for president seeking the nod from Nevada voters spent the weekend doing canvass launch events in different parts of the state.

Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., had an event on Saturday in Reno at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and an invitation-only event and held a rally Sunday in Las Vegas. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a canvass launch event in Henderson at Painter’s Hall.

Time is running short for Democratic voters who want to see them before the Saturday caucus.

But they still have high-profile appearances ahead in the Silver State. Sanders and Clinton will participate in a town hall event in Las Vegas on Thursday that focuses on Latino issues.

The Nevada State Democratic Party is working with Telemundo and MSNBC to broadcast the event. The time is still being finalized.

“This is our first competitive caucus as an early state since 2008, and we look forward to welcoming Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders back to Nevada,” said Roberta Lange, chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party.

Ben Botkin

Cigar fans favor Trump, Clinton

Just when you think billionaire businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading virtually every meaningless popularity contest imaginable, another one emerges.

A highly unscientific survey of cigar-smoking voters organized by the magazine Cigar Aficionado found that Trump is favored by Republican cigar-smokers. Outside of cigar-smoking lounges, that doesn’t matter much because nonsmokers can vote, too.

The survey of more than 7,500 cigar smokers found that Trump has 37.8 percent of the support among those planning to vote Republican — the highest. He is followed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., with 22.9 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who had 21.5 percent.

Despite its unscientific nature, the survey results still resembled scientific polls in one respect: Establishment-type GOP candidates fared poorly. Ohio Gov. John Kasich garnered just 3.1 percent support. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush got only 2.9 percent.

Democratic cigar smokers favored Hillary Clinton, who had 46.6 percent support. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had 41.5 percent support.

It wasn’t clear how many of the Republican cigar smokers were from Iowa, where Cruz won the Republican caucus.

Ben Botkin

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