Democratic presidential challengers turned their focus Wednesday to the next two party nominating contests — in the western state of Nevada and in the southeastern state of South Carolina — in the marathon chase to pick a party nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November national election.
In both states, Democratic candidates will face much more racially diverse electorates than in either of the first nominating contests this month in the predominantly white, rural states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Latino and African American voters make up a sizable segment of the electorate in Nevada, home to the country's gambling mecca of Las Vegas, while blacks dominate Democratic voter rolls in South Carolina.
Only a small percentage of the delegates to July's Democratic national nominating convention have been picked so far. But Nevada, on February 22, and South Carolina a week later could further winnow the field of candidates and at the same time sharply influence voting on March 3, dubbed Super Tuesday, when 14 states cast ballots, with hundreds of delegates at stake.
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