- Associated Press - Sunday, April 3, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bernie Sanders scored a victory at Nevada’s county-level Democratic conventions on Saturday, even though he lost to Hillary Clinton in the state’s February caucuses.

Conventions held throughout Nevada yielded 2,124 Sanders-supporting delegates who will head to the state convention on May 14. That accounts for 55 percent of the total delegates.

Hillary Clinton earned 1,722 delegates, or 45 percent of the total.

Clinton won the Nevada caucuses Feb. 20 with 53 percent of the vote and was projected to win 20 of the 35 delegates up for grabs. Saturday’s results reduce that projection to 18, although the final count depends on results from the state-level convention.

The upset comes as many delegates elected in February didn’t show up for the county events. In Clark County, less than half of the nearly 9,000 delegates elected at caucuses turned up on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/1POPUbi).

Clark County’s large convention suffered from long lines and the last-minute ouster of a top official responsible for verifying delegates’ eligibility. Clinton’s campaign requested that credentials chair Christine Kramar be removed from her post after allegedly releasing sensitive information about delegates to the Sanders campaign.

Kramar, who supports Sanders, staged a sit-in at the convention site after her removal and denied the allegations against her, the Sun reported.

Nevada will send a total of 43 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July. Twenty-three were decided based on the results of the Feb. 20 caucuses, while eight are “superdelegates” who can choose whomever they want at the convention.

The remaining twelve will be awarded based on the outcome of the state convention.

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