Nevada Democratic convention abruptly ends amid security concerns

LAS VEGAS - The Nevada State Democratic Convention came to an abrupt end Saturday night amid security concerns.

The Nevada Democratic Party says Paris Hotel security could no longer guarantee safety of the delegates, resulting in the convention's conclusion at approximately 10 p.m. The convention lasted several hours longer than expected; the original end-time was scheduled for 7 p.m.

Emotions ran high Saturday evening between supporters of Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Clinton finished with 1,695 delegates. Sanders finished with 1,662 delegates. The State Democratic Party says it will send 20 pledged delegates to the national convention for Clinton and 15 pledged delegates for Sanders. 

Some Sanders supporters alleged wrongdoing on the part of state party officials Saturday night, when the party challenged eligibility of some delegates for not being registered Democratic voters.

Protesters took to the streets Sunday and demonstrated outside the Nevada Democratic Party headquarters in Las Vegas.

“It's not about Bernie or Hillary, it's about the rules, and the rules for the DNC and the Nevada Dems weren't followed,” said protester Charlene Scher. “The biggest frustration is that the entire day, none of our motions were heard. None of our point of orders were acknowledged, and we were just spending 18 hours being shut down.”

Many at Sunday’s protest appeared to support Sanders. They argued Nevada Democrats didn't follow the rules which ended up costing Sanders delegates.

Some who protested say they want those responsible for any possible wrongdoing to be held accountable.

"I wanted to come out mainly to see if we could form a path towards resolving these issues that were raised by this very unfair convention yesterday," protester Keith Grimes said.

Saturday's convention had some supporters of both candidates expressing their confusion and frustration.

"I've never seen anything like this, and I'm voting for Hillary,” said Clinton supporter Philip Kenton.

The Nevada Democratic Party said in a statement Sunday morning, "Any insinuation of unfairness is totally inaccurate. The Nevada State Democratic Party abided by the unanimous rules set forth by the Credentials Committee, which was comprised of party leaders and officials with an equal division of both Clinton and Sanders campaign supporters."

Scher says she wants to make sure everyone has a fair vote at the end of the day.

"It's really at this point just about what's right in America, and we fought for so long for everything to be fair. That's all we're asking for,” she said.

The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, also weighed in the Democratic state convention, saying in a a statement, "As the campaign between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continues, Nevada Democrats are so divided they were unable to continue their State Convention as planned. This latest embarrassment is just another sign that Democrats have a long road ahead to unify behind a presidential nominee."


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