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Harry Reid Says Early Voting States Iowa, New Hampshire Not Representative of the Country Anymore

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said on Nov. 18 that early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire are “not representative” of the United States in the modern era.

“I dont think it matters what happens in Iowa or New Hampshire because those states are not representative of the country anymore,” the longtime Nevada senator told reporters in Las Vegas.

Reid said his state of Nevada is the third to weigh in on the election but the first that looks like the rest of the country, with a sizeable Latino population and significant groups of Asian American and black voters.

While Nevadas population is about 48 percent white, Iowa has a white population of about 85 percent and New Hampshire has a white population of about 90 percent, according to Census Bureau data.

Reid, 79, sitting in a wheelchair, also spoke at the Democratic “First in the West” forum.

“Nevada is a diverse state and were proud of it. Were proud of Nevada. Its a state where people can accomplish anything and thats why someone like me has been able to do good things, because Nevada is that way,” he told the audience, which repeatedly broke into cheers as he spoke.

“Theres so much that needs to be done,” he added. “America needs to be represented in so many different ways. We need to change whats going on with this administration in Washington and here tonight we have 14 Democratic candidates for the nomination. And one thing that we should clearly understand, when we get that nominee, were all going to join together and help them. Because that person, whoevers the nominee, is going to be elected president of the United States.”

From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), businessman Andrew Yang, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) stand onstage during a fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, 2019. (John Locher/AP Photo)

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