The Great Recession couldn’t stop the Cosmopolitan, only slow it down. After years of financial delays, the casino resort’s ocean-blue windows shimmer in the desert sunlight high above the Las Vegas Strip, a symbol of this city’s faith that the money will always come rolling back.
But a gap remains between the nation’s rebounding economy and the persistent insecurity still felt by many Americans as they consider who should replace President Obama in the White House. Few, if any, states have suffered more from the recession’s lingering effects than Nevada, which holds its Democratic caucuses on Saturday and its Republican counterpart Tuesday.
“A lot of people you might talk to on the street will probably tell you we’re still in a recession,” said Stephen Miller, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “We’re still not quite back to where we were.”
I told Jeb how proud I am of him and his staff for running a campaign that looked to the future, presented serious policy proposals, and elevated the tone of the race. Jeb's decision to suspend his campaign reflects his selfless character and patriotism.
Former President George W. Bush talking about his younger brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the Republican primary.
Now that his state has had its say, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada won't be remaining neutral in the battle between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
"I'm going to make an endorsement, I'm not going to do it now, I'll make it when I get back to Washington ... so fairly soon," he said at a news conference Saturday in Las Vegas.
Reporters asked Reid about a New York Times story that suggested his conversations with leaders from Culinary Local 226, the state's most powerful union with more than 55,000 members, might have drawn more people to the caucuses, helping Clinton.
Ted Cruz claimed his campaign is sending shudders through the GOP establishment as he offers what he said is the only Republican alternative who can beat Donald Trump.
"That screaming you hear now from across the Potomac is the Washington cartel in full terror as the conservative grass roots is rising up," Cruz, the Texas senator, told supporters in Columbia.
But Cruz's bluster was tempered by his showing on the evening. In a primary where nearly three in four voters identified as evangelical, a group Cruz doggedly courted in the Palmetto State, he lost their support to Trump.
He launched his campaign in the warmth of a Florida summer, hailed as the candidate who melded a new, multicultural Republican appeal, a family history of winning and the most formidable fundraising machine his party had ever built.
Eight long, humiliating months later, in the South Carolina winter, John Ellis Bush gave up, making him the most prominent casualty of an unruly presidential contest and marking a stunning public repudiation of a family that defined GOP success for decades during two turns in the White House.