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Nevada Democratic caucus kicks off with major issues, leading to fears of 'Iowa 2.0'

'...a lot of the Nevada Dem Party volunteers did not show up'

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Just weeks after the embarrassment of the Iowa caucuses, the Democratic Party is already facing substantial issues as the Nevada caucus kicked off Saturday.

According to Politico reporter Laura Barrón-López, numerous caucus sites across the state are short on volunteers.

"NSDP party officials are telling campaign representatives that there's a deficit of volunteers across the state, and so they are asking representatives of campaigns to act as precinct chairs, per multiple sources on ground," Barrón-López reported.

The Washington Examiner similarly reported that party officials were scrambling to cover the volunteer shortage.

Meanwhile, other caucus sites do not have registration lists or early ballots, the Examiner reported.

"Nevada Democratic Party officials are telling us and other campaigns that there's a deficit of volunteers across the state, and so they are asking representatives of campaigns to act as precinct chairs — which only underscores the poor preparations for these caucuses," an unnamed campaign representative told the Examiner.

In response, Nevada Democratic Party spokesperson Molly Forgey said the state party is quickly addressing volunteer shortages by recruiting and training new volunteers through the morning.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Nevada Democratic Party was requiring volunteers to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring them from disparaging the party.

The NDA and "lack of training" caused at least one volunteer to quit, KNTV-TV reported.

Early entrance polls suggested that Sen. Bernie Sanders, the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, is leading in The Silver State.

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