- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on the Nevada State Democratic Convention (all times local):

9:44 p.m.

Nevada State Democratic Convention organizers are shooting back against allegations that they unfairly disqualified some would-be Bernie Sanders delegates.

The controversy comes after Hillary Clinton took seven of the 12 delegates up for grabs at the Saturday convention. She won by 33 delegates in a field of nearly 3,400.

A member of the convention credentials committee presented a “minority report” after the announcement, criticizing the committee’s decision to disqualify nearly 60 potential Sanders delegates and saying it didn’t align with Democratic values.

Party officials said the ineligible Sanders supporters weren’t registered as Democrats by a May 1 deadline or didn’t provide necessary personal information. They said eight would-be Clinton supporters were also disqualified.

The state party said it abided by rules adopted by Clinton and Sanders supporters alike.


6:32 p.m.

Hillary Clinton will keep her comfortable delegate lead in Nevada after turning out more supporters than Bernie Sanders at the Nevada State Democratic Convention.

Clinton won seven of the 12 delegates up for grabs at the raucous convention on Saturday, while Sanders won five. Party officials say 1,695 Clinton-supporting delegates and 1,662 Sanders-supporting delegates showed up to the event.

Clinton won the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 20 and locked in 13 delegates as a result. Sanders locked in 10 delegates from the caucuses.

Nevada will send 43 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Twenty of those will be Clinton supporters, and 15 will be backing Sanders.

Eight “superdelegates” can choose whomever they’d like in Philadelphia, but most have said they’ll back Clinton.


3:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton delegates slightly outnumber those backing Bernie Sanders at the Nevada State Democratic Convention.

Party officials say 1,693 Clinton-supporting delegates and 1,662 Sanders-supporting delegates registered Saturday at the Paris casino in Las Vegas. Four people were uncommitted.

The numbers could change because delegates had about an hour after the announcement to switch to another candidate if they wanted.

State-level delegates will vote later on Saturday for 12 delegates that will attend the Democratic National Convention. The turnout advantage for the Clinton camp suggests she’ll take the majority.

Nevada is sending 43 delegates to the national convention. Hillary Clinton picked up 13 when she won the Feb. 20 caucuses, while Bernie Sanders got 10.

Eight Nevada “superdelegates” can choose whomever they want at the convention, although most favor Clinton.


10:47 a.m.

Thousands of Nevada Democrats converged on the Paris casino in Las Vegas to help decide the party’s presidential nominee, though tensions between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton threatened to stymie the event.

The outcome of Saturday’s all-day state convention will decide 12 of the 43 delegates Nevada will send to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Clinton is heavily favored to win a majority of the delegates, especially after a preliminary report issued a half-hour before the registration deadline showed more of her supporters had signed in.

Democrats remain deeply divided between Clinton and Sanders camps. Sanders supporters filed a lawsuit last week accusing the Nevada State Democratic Party of blocking them from running for party office, saying there was conflicting information about a candidate filing deadline.

Judge Ronald Israel tossed the case Friday, saying the courts wouldn’t interfere in a dispute within the party unless there was a compelling reason to do so.

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