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UPDATE: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, multiple outlets reported Saturday evening.

NBC, The Associated Press, The New York Times, and Fox News all called the race for Clinton, who quickly thanked her supported on Twitter.

"To everyone who turned out in every corner of Nevada with determination and heart: This is your win. Thank you," she wrote.

Long seen as a key part of her "firewall" against a surge in support for Sanders, the state's notoriously unreliable polls showed a tightening race in recent weeks following Sanders landslide win in the New Hampshire primary.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Attendees watch caucus returns during a caucus day event for democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Caesers Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hillary Clinton defeated Democratic rival U.S.Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Nevada Democratic caucuses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embraces her husband former U.S. president Bill Clinton during a caucus day event at Caesers Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hillary Clinton defeated Democratic rival U.S.Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Nevada Democratic caucuses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
HENDERSON, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) gives a concession speech at the Henderson Pavilion on February 20, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Sanders lost to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Nevada caucus. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to students at Del Sol High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, waves to hotel workers at MGM Grand hotel and casino Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People line up to participate in the Democratic caucus at the University of Nevada Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Precinct captain Hayley Hageman instructs people through a bullhorn at a Democratic caucus site at the University of Nevada Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, pauses for photos with hotel workers at MGM Grand hotel and casino Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, is hugged by a hotel worker at Caesars Palace Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits with Harrah's Las Vegas employees on the day of the Nevada Democratic caucus, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A supporter listens to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Actress Susan Sarandon walks onto the stage to introduce Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and wife, Jane, wave as they arrive at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A woman listens to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, acknowledges the cheering crowd after a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A man holds up signs while listening to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a rally, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, sings with musicians and actors after a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sara Watts, center, and other supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., while waiting for the arrival of Sen. Sanders at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Students listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Del Sol High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with students at Del Sol High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, (R) greet voters as they visit the Western High School caucus site on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanders and Hillary Clinton wait for the voters to weigh in as they head to the polls in the Democratic caucus. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Voters chant as they wait in line to get into a Democratic caucus at Caesars Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada voters are caucusing to decide between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
A Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, precinct captain arranges campaign buttons on a table ahead of the Nevada Democratic presidential caucus at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Today voters weigh in on the Democratic battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competing in the Nevada caucuses with Clinton believed to have the advantage in the western state because of its heavily Hispanic electorate, but some recent polls show the race tied. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caucusgoers line up to check-in before casting their vote for a Democratic presidential candidate ahead of the Nevada caucus at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Today voters weigh in on the Democratic battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competing in the Nevada caucuses with Clinton believed to have the advantage in the western state because of its heavily Hispanic electorate, but some recent polls show the race tied. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Voters chant as they wait in line to get into a Democratic caucus at Caesars Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada voters are caucusing to decide between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Eligible caucus voters arrive at Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts in Las Vegas to participate in First in the West presidential caucus on February 20, 2016. / AFP / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Read the live-blog below for the latest updates:



5:04 p.m. EST — With 55% of precincts reporting, Fox News called the caucuses for Clinton.


4:52 p.m. EST — As more precinct reports continued to come in, Clinton maintained her slight lead. With 51% of precincts reporting, Clinton garnered 51.7% support compared to Sanders' 48.2% support.

4:38 p.m. EST — Clinton appears to be growing her lead very slightly. With 37% of precincts reporting, Clinton captured 51.4% support compared to Sanders' 48.5% support.

4:29 p.m. EST — With 30% of precincts reporting, Clinton had a 1.5% lead over Sanders,according to the New York Times.

4:23 p.m. EST, at least one precinct reportedly decided its caucus by card-draw, giving the precinct to Clinton.

4:22 p.m. EST — Like the Iowa Democratic caucuses, Nevada precinct ties are decided by chance.



4:03 p.m. EST — A little over two hours after the caucuses began, official results showed the candidates tied with 12% of precincts reporting.

3:48 p.m. EST — While NBC's early entrance polls showed Clinton leading among minority voters, several other early entrance polls showed Sanders leading among minority voters.



3:34 p.m. EST — CNN noted Sanders had a slight lead over Clinton, with 49% of voters polled early outside polls supporting Sanders and 47% supporting Clinton.

Polling guru Nate Silver cautioned against reading too far into entrance polls, which he pointed out were not correct in Iowa earlier this month.



3:06 p.m. EST — CBS reported Clinton had a slight edge in early entrance polls. NBC's early entrance polls showed similar results, with Clinton maintaining a lead among female voters and voters over 45 years-old.

2:16 p.m. EST — The caucuses opened at 11:00 a.m. local time. Reporters tweeted images of lines at caucus locations around the state.

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