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A nervous Nevada avoids an Iowa-like debacle

Edwin Lyngar is a Sunday columnist for the Reno Gazette Journal, former essayist for Salon and teaches English at Truckee Meadows Community College. Follow him on twitter @Edwin_Lyngar. The views expressed here are his. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Tom Steyer haunts my daughter’s dreams. Saturday morning my 10-year-old daughter walked into my bedroom…

Edwin Lyngar is a Sunday columnist for the Reno Gazette Journal, former essayist for Salon and teaches English at Truckee Meadows Community College. Follow him on twitter @Edwin_Lyngar. The views expressed here are his. View more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)Tom Steyer haunts my daughter’s dreams. Saturday morning my 10-year-old daughter walked into my bedroom to report her dream that Steyer had come to Reno, like a billionaire bogeyman, creating panic and chaos on caucus day.

I guess this is what millions of dollars in campaign spending gets you. Steyer leaves Nevada as a distant runner-up and unviable. But he bought so much advertising here, he rented space in my child’s brain.
As a Nevadan I speak for my state when I say thank God it’s over. We can relax now. Iowa’s agonizing debacle didn’t repeat itself hear. Contrary to the expected chaos, our caucuses were orderly, well attended and a positive experience — at least in my precinct, and I have not read or heard reports of anything else from across the state.
The Nevada Democratic Party’s decision to have early caucus voting made the day itself much less chaotic than previous years, with shorter lines, great organization, and, if early numbers hold, a dramatic upturn in participation.
As a bonus, from my point of view, my neighborhood went unashamedly progressive, with two-thirds of all votes going to either Sanders or Warren. The result was, in fact, a three-way delegate tie between Sanders, Warren and Biden, and the trio placed in that order in the raw totals with only a few votes separating each candidate.
Most people came ready to vote, but in my own caucus precinct, there were still undecided voters, including me. I agonized between Warren or Sanders, both of whom I view as the best people to take on the most important issue in our country: Our President is a corrupt liar, whose policies promote hatred — racial and otherwise.
In my precinct, I volunteered to be the secretary and count votes for the precinct captain. The iPad software worked perfectly, adding the early vote to the in-person count, clear and easy to follow. At each step, the captain asked if everyone agreed, before moving on.
I worked hard to shake hands and tell my friends and neighbors how much I appreciated them showing up, no matter who they supported. There were a few tense moments, when people didn’t understand the process or why a candidate was not “viable,” like Pete Butti

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