LIVE: Clinton projected to win the Nevada Democratic caucuses
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.
Click through images from the Nevada Democratic caucus:
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.
Current (*not final*) entrance numbers for Nevada show Sanders up 54-43 with Latinos and 52-44 with whites. No data for blacks yet.— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) February 20, 2016
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.
Entrance polls flipped from showing a 3-point Clinton lead to a 2-point Sanders lead as more data was released. https://t.co/JzZkSOqUOJ— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 20, 2016
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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