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Joe Biden, the Silver State, and the Path to the Presidency

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President Joe Biden is now in office, and at least we in Nevada can say our state played a role in determining Biden’s path to victory. Today, let’s take one more look at Biden’s path along the campaign trail as we remember how he rose from a crowded primary to “political near-death experience”, then from a curious comeback all the way to entering the White House.

Yes, we mattered.
Bernie Sanders
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Like so many other Americans, my work changed drastically last March upon the arrival of COVID-19. Gone were the days of just hopping in a car and zooming over to the next event. Instead, more and more of the events were on Zoom.

However unlike most Americans, I got a rare front row seat to presidential politics just before everything came crashing down (onto Zoom and countless over-the-phone conference calls). In the lead-up to the Nevada Democratic Caucus, we saw quite a few candidates connect with our voters, including one Joe Biden.

Pete Buttigieg, Culinary Union, Democratic Debate
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Amy Klobuchar, Culinary Union, Democratic Debate
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It’s funny to look back at where we were a year ago, or even where we were 11 months ago, to where we are now. Sometimes, I still regret cutting back our Biden coverage last February. But hey, with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on the brink of a huge victory here in Nevada, and with Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) hot off stellar performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, it really seemed like Joe Biden was stuck in a rough patch. 

Like others in the local press corps, I was so focused on what was happening here in Nevada that I wasn’t paying as close attention to voters in South Carolina and the “Super Tuesday” states. But even though Biden didn’t finish first here, his DNC delegate haul and overall performance did begin a critical turnaround narrative that ultimately proved valuable in South Carolina and beyond. As we noticed last February and March, Biden’s strong support among Black voters and his overall broad base of support here in Nevada offered critical hints of his future path to victory.

Let’s return to where Joe Biden began (here in Nevada, that is).
Joe Biden
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Before in-person campaigning was drastically curtailed, and for a period was even mostly suspended, I did catch Joe Biden meeting with Nevada voters at union halls, community centers, local party events, and elsewhere in our communities. And now that we’re starting to see Biden address the promises he made on the campaign trail, we might as well take one more trip down Memory Lane to see the role Nevadans played in preparing Joe Biden for his new presidency.

Let’s begin with these scenes from Biden’s first Nevada event of his 2020 campaign: a rally at the Painters’ Union hall in Henderson in May 2019.

Joe Biden, 2020 Election
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Next up: A Nevada State Democratic Party grassroots fundraiser in July 2019
Joe Biden
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Joe Biden, 2020 Election
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Joe Biden
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Here’s President Joe Biden at his campaign rally in East Las Vegas in September 2019, just days after the House launched its impeachment inquiry into then President Donald Trump’s attempt to coerce the Ukrainian government into “getting dirt” on Biden.
Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Now let’s move over to President Joe Biden at his campaign rally in West Las Vegas in November 2019, right when new polling suggested a new frontrunner was emerging in Iowa.
Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Here’s President Joe Biden doing a town hall with the Culinary Union in December 2019. Of course, we now know just how pivotal the Culinary Union and their UNITE HERE sister unions were in securing Biden’s victory in the general election here in Nevada, in Arizona, and in Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden. Election 2020
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Joe Biden, Electoral College
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Moving into 2020, here’s President Joe Biden at his Valentine’s Day campaign rally at the Sun City MacDonald Ranch clubhouse in Henderson. This was just days after Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, with Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar close behind Sanders and well ahead of Biden.
Joe Biden
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Joe Biden, 2020 Election
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Joe Biden
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Next up, here are some scenes from President Joe Biden on the campaign trail during the final sprint before our caucus. We have Biden at the Clark County Democratic Party’s “Kickoff to Caucus” gala, and Biden at the Culinary Union’s protest outside the Palms just hours before the Democratic Debate.
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Joe Biden, 2020 Election, early voting
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Joe Biden, Culinary Union, Democratic Debate
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Finally, before we go, it’s only appropriate that we close this chapter with a few screenshots from the many Zoom events we watched during the general election campaign season. Here’s to 2020, the wildest year that we’ll likely never forget. (And really, we should remember it all.)
Jill Biden, Joe Biden
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Jill Biden, Joe Biden, education, public education
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Joe Biden, environment, climate change, Chispa Nevada, Nevada Conservation League
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Cindy McCain, Joe Biden, Jacky Rosen
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Cindy McCain, Joe Biden, Jacky Rosen
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Cindy McCain, Joe Biden, Jacky Rosen, Yvanna Cancela
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