A week after Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, Nevada’s caucuses could have a decisive impact on the presidential race.
The caucuses will be held Monday night and Tuesday in Nevada.
If Sanders wins, he will get the nod from Vice President Joe Biden to fill the nomination slot vacated by Hillary Clinton.
Biden will have to decide whether to accept the nomination from Clinton.
If he does, Sanders would win by a wide margin.
If Biden does not accept the DNC nomination, Sanders is guaranteed the nomination.
Sanders, who was endorsed by the nation’s largest labor union, has been making the case that he has a better chance of winning the nomination than Clinton because of his campaign’s commitment to working people.
The former secretary of state, however, has a significant advantage in delegates, which is the total number of delegates that can be awarded at the Democratic National Convention.
That is why it was so critical for Sanders to win Nevada.
As of Sunday, Sanders had 1,904 delegates, compared with 1,828 for Clinton.
There is a total of 467 superdelegates, or party insiders, who will decide the outcome of the Democratic nominating contest.
Sanders is ahead of Clinton by 1,726 delegates, according to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls.
The Nevada caucuses will also be the first opportunity for Sanders and Clinton to see each other face off in the general election.
Sanders won Nevada in the Democratic caucuses in 2008 and 2008 was the first time a candidate for president had won the state since Lyndon Johnson won in 1964.
He was also the first candidate to do so since Richard Nixon won Nevada with President Richard Nixon in 1968.
If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, it will be the second time in a row that a presidential candidate will win the state.
In 1992, then-Vice President Al Gore won Nevada.
In 2012, then President Barack Obama won the popular vote in Nevada by more than 3 million votes.
Clinton is also the second-most popular female presidential candidate of all time.
Sanders has been trying to make Clinton seem like the lesser of two evils for weeks, but Clinton has maintained that she is the more experienced candidate.
She also has said that she wants to see a Clinton administration in charge of the economy.
Sanders’ campaign has repeatedly suggested that he would beat Clinton in a general election, but the polling numbers suggest otherwise.
According to a Monmouth University poll released Monday, Clinton would win Nevada by a wider margin than the two candidates combined.
She has a comfortable two-point lead over Sanders, 46-43 percent.
If she were to win the caucus, it would give her a commanding lead over her Democratic rival.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.