Biden hopes for strong showing in Nevada

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HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Early voting for the Nevada caucuses starts Saturday and caucus day is just around the corner. That means several democratic candidates are in town right now — including former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden spoke to a crowd of older voters at Sun City MacDonald Ranch in Henderson this evening. In a one-on-one interview with 8 News Now afterward, Biden says although he’s off to a rough start in this primary election he’s hoping Nevada can turn the tide.

“We’re in the battle for the soul of this country,” Biden said during his speech.

This candidate is running on a campaign of character and Friday night, he continued to contrast himself with President Donald Trump.

Not long after the event started, a Trump supporter started yelling while Biden spoke. The heckler was escorted out.

“Sir, sir, sir, don’t be a Trumper here today,” Biden told him.

In a one-on-one interview with 8 News Now, Biden says despite disappointing finishes in both Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s confident he’ll have a strong showing in Nevada, because he understands local voters.

“They’re concerned about gun safety, they’re concerned about health care, and they’re concerned about access to a good education, and so that’s what I’ve been talking about, and I feel good,” Biden said.

The latest Nevada poll has Biden in second place, trailing 7 points behind Senator Bernie Sanders. Given the numbers, some voters in Friday’s crowd are still undecided.

“It’s a concern right now and I think some of the popular support that he had has been waning recently,” said undecided voter Dore Rodine. “And for myself personally, the most important thing is to come out and make my own mind up based on what I see.”

Still, Biden says he’s counting on Nevada’s large group of Latino and African American voters, who have historically supported him, to help him succeed in the silver state.

“No Democrat can win the presidency without getting significant support from both groups,” Biden says.

Biden also spoke to 8 News Now about health care, education and gun control. To watch the full interview — CLICK HERE.

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