KEY POINTS

  • Sanders and Buttigieg have momentum leading up to Saturday's vote after finishing as the top two candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • Nevada is a more diverse state than Iowa and New Hampshire, which have predominantly white populations. About 13% of the state's voters are African-American and 19% are Latino.

  • Sanders leads in most Nevada polls.

Democratic presidential candidates compete for Saturday's Nevada caucus, with polls projecting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as the frontrunner.

The latest Data for Progress poll shows 35% of Nevada Democratic caucusgoers voting for Sanders, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren both tied at 16% support. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in at 15%, while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is listed at 8% in the poll.

A KLAS-TV/Emerson survey shows Sanders at 30%, with Buttigieg at 17%. Biden stands at 16%, with Warren at 12%. Klobuchar is listed at 11%. 

Sanders and Buttigieg have momentum leading up to Saturday's vote after finishing as the top two candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Nevada is a more diverse state than Iowa and New Hampshire, which have predominantly white populations. About 13% of the state's voters are African-American and 19% are Latino.

Buttigieg has a strong campaign presence in Nevada, focusing on rural parts of the state, but he has not fared so well with minority voters. Sanders has faced difficulty with Nevada’s Culinary Union, which has criticized his healthcare plan and the behavior of his supporters.

Warren, who entered the race as one of the favorites, is hoping for a strong result in Nevada after she was praised for her performance in Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas. She repeatedly attacked former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his comments about women at his company. 

The Warren campaign has said it raised $5 million since the Las Vegas debate. 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and billionaire businessman Tom Steyer remain in the race but are considered longshots to have a strong showing in Nevada. 

After the Nevada caucus, the South Carolina primary will take place on Feb. 29. The primary is considered pivotal for Biden.

The field of candidates is expected to dwindle after Super Tuesday, with 14 primaries scheduled for March 3.