January 6, 2016
Sen. Harry Reid wanted Nevadans to be heard.
At his dinner designed to celebrate the Silver State's caucus position — third in the nation and first in the West — the excitement was near deafening.
About 2,200 people gathered at the MGM Grand to hear from the three Democratic presidential candidates. The raucous audience included Bernie Sanders supporters blowing vuvuzelas, which are louder than chainsaws and snowblowers.
Reid, D-Nev., hosted the "Battle Born/Battleground" First in the West Caucus Countdown Dinner in preparation for the Nevada Feb. 20 Democratic caucus, which follows Iowa and New Hampshire.
"Few states reflect the growing diversity of our country better than Nevada," Reid said in opening remarks at the dinner. "This year is shaping up to be a year of historic opportunity for Democrats and we must maximize it up and down the ballot."