Democrats in three states will be heading to caucus sites or polling places to weigh in on this year's Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

We'll have live updates Saturday from caucus sites Nebraska. The first round of results is expected about 8 p.m. If you'd like to share your experience, email

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7:50 p.m.: Packed gym at Lincoln Southeast High throws support to Sanders

An energized crowd in Lancaster County supported Bernie Sanders by nearly 200 votes Saturday evening.

Sanders received 672 votes to Hillary Clinton's 489, including absentees, according to Roger Eschliman, a co-leader at the caucus site. Seventeen precincts from Lancaster County represented. Most had anywhere from 40 to 70 participants.

Most precincts had made a choice before 7 p.m., but a few battled until a quarter after. The caucus started at 6 p.m.

There were moments of disorganization, with people shouting over one another on bleachers. Joseth Moore, a science-fiction author who supports Clinton, was interrupted by a Sanders supporter. Moore said Clinton has the experience necessary to achieve change.

"If we lose the White House, and lose the houses of Congress, it's game over for us progressives," Moore said.

So many people either registered for the first time or switched party affiliations at Southeast that the operation couldn't physically process them all before voting. To determine whether a voter was actually registered as a Democrat, the caucus operated on an honor system, said Vic Covalt, a volunteer.

Joseph Fraas showed his support for Sanders by setting up a table with Girl Scout cookies and drinks. He was joined by friends from Nebraskans for Bernie.

"I think we have a huge problem with oligarchy in this country," Fraas said, "and he's the only one who is credible to stop it."

— Reece Ristau

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7:35 p.m.: Zero votes for Clinton at UNL caucus

LINCOLN  Hillary Clinton failed to make the cut at a Democratic Party presidential caucus dominated by University of Nebraska-Lincoln students Saturday.

Bernie Sanders out-polled Clinton 194 to 11. Clinton needed 31 votes to be a viable caucus candidate. Ten of her supporters left the caucus rather than realign with Sanders. One student moved to the Sanders camp with cheers.

Final result: Sanders, 195. Clinton, zero.

Claire Shea, 20, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, said she supported Clinton because she is in a better position to improve on the Affordable Care Act.

"Inspiring is good,'' she said of Sanders, "but you have to take into account what has been done.''

Isaiah Miller, 19, of Leigh, Nebraska, choked up when speaking out for Sanders. He pulled an expired food stamp card from his wallet as a symbol of the importance of Sanders' pledge to help low-income people.

Josh Waltjer, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said he grew up in a family led by a single mother who relied on social programs to survive. He such Sanders would see that such help continues.

"There's one visionary in this election and that's Bernie Sanders,'' Waltjer said.

— David Hendee

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7 p.m.: For the first time in the history of Nebraska, every county held a Democratic caucus today

SCOTTSBLUFF  It was a historic day in Nebraska: For the first time in the history of the state, every county had a Democratic caucus Saturday. Scotts Bluff County Democrats came out to let their voices be heard at the Terry Carpenter Center for the county caucus.

340 people attended to support either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. The lines opened up at 8 a.m. to start letting people into the event, and due to regulation rulings, they closed the lines at 9:10 a.m. despite others still showing up after that time. Once the votes were counted, Sanders came away with 54 percent of the votes, 33 percent chose Clinton, and 13 percent were undecided.

Laura Stewart, 27, who supported Sanders, walked the lines early, handing out stickers. “I am really big on his stance on women’s rights,” Stewart said. “He also just seems to be extremely genuine.”

Madeline Millay, 18, and her sister Elizabeth Millay, 20, passed out cupcakes and started conversations early about which candidate would be best for the job.

Theo Shultz, 44, was firmly in the Clinton camp, saying her more reasonable approach on policies would help garner her the victory come November. — World-Herald News Service

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6:50 p.m.: Clinton bests Sanders in Sioux County

Friends and neighbors in Sioux County gathered early at the Harrison House Hotel to enjoy homemade cookies, tea, coffee and conversation before splitting to their corners to make a case for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

Twenty-one residents participated in the caucus. Clinton had 12 supporters; Sanders had nine.

There were also residents who showed up to just watch and learn how a caucus works. Several children came and asked questions of organizers before the event began.

Sanders' supporters said they were impressed by his record on equality and they liked that he answers people instead of telling them what they want to hear. Clintons' backers said they like that she has the experience in foreign policy, and they know who she is and what she can do. — World-Herald News Service

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5:35 p.m.: Another win for Sanders from Dawson County

LEXINGTON — Dawson County Democrats put their support behind Bernie Sanders on Saturday afternoon.

The unofficial vote tallies were 84 caucus-goers and two absentee voters in favor of Sanders. Hillary Clinton had the support of 32 caucus-goers and seven absentee ballots.

As at several other sites in the state, some attendees who arrived late were unable to participate, in accordance with caucus rules. — World-Herald News Service

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5:35 p.m.: Next up: Lancaster County caucuses begin at 6 p.m.

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5:15 p.m.: Sanders dominates Buffalo County, thanks to UNK student turnout

KEARNEY — Bernie Sanders took 69.2 percent of Buffalo County’s eight delegates Saturday, due much in part to the record turnout at the Kearney caucus site.

David Richardson, Buffalo County caucuses co-chair, said the number of attendees this year, 609, was at least double that of 2008.

Richardson said 424 attendees voted for Sanders and 154 voted for Clinton in Kearney. Sanders received 13 votes by mail; Clinton received 28.

The Ravenna caucus site reported eight votes for Clinton and 15 for Sanders. The Gibbon caucus site reported 18 votes for Clinton and 16 votes for Sanders.

Brady McDonald, Buffalo County Caucus co-chair, was at the Gibbon site today and said for the most part, the younger voters leaned toward Sanders.

There was a large University of Nebraska at Kearney student representation at the Kearney caucus site, and Richardson said he believes this is why Sanders did so well today. He said they took 80 voter registration forms to the Kearney site but they had to get more in the middle of registration because 126 people registered to vote today.

"Many of them were first-time voters," he said. — World-Herald News Service

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4:30 p.m.: Good day for Bernie Sanders in Sarpy County continues with double win at Bryan High

Bernie Sanders swept both caucuses today at Bryan High School — one of three caucus sites in Sarpy County.

He won Legislative District 45: Sanders, 413; Hillary Clinton, 251.

He also won LD 3 handily: Sanders 321, Clinton 273.

It appeared to be a good day overall for Sanders in Sarpy County with reports that he won at the other two caucus sites at Papillion-La Vista High School and Springfield.

There was a huge turnout at Bryan High School, prompting the caucus to start an hour late. The line stretched for more than block. In fact, not everyone got to vote. Only those who made it into line by 10 minutes after the start of the caucus were allowed to check in and register.

Vince Powers, chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said the cut-off was needed to ensure the caucus started. He also noted that everyone who made it to the caucus on time — or who were even 10 minutes late — got in. — Robynn Tysver

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4:15 p.m.: Clinton loses another close one in Saline County

CRETE, Neb. — Hillary Clinton lost another close one in Saline County, one of Nebraska's traditional Democratic enclaves.

Bernie Sanders edged Clinton, 88-85, in unofficial caucus results Saturday announced by Roger Foster, the county Democratic chairman and Crete mayor.

Matt Meyers, 36, of Crete, warned against nominating a establishment candidate, saying Republican Jeb Bush's failed campaign is an example of what could happen.

Patty Hawk, 52, of Crete said she loves Sanders but Clinton is a better choice to beat Republican leader Donald Trump.

"We can't afford to lose the general election,'' she said.

Saline County is one of just four of the state's 93 counties to have more registered Democrats than Republicans. Democrats outnumber Republicans 3,305 to 2,979, with 1,393 independents. — David Hendee

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4:15 p.m.: Sanders leading in Saunders County

WAHOO, Neb. — Saunders County Democrats made their presidential preferences known Saturday morning, and the majority preferred Bernie Sanders.

Saunders claimed 201 votes, while Hillary Clinton got 182.

Ashley Else was the first one to grab the microphone Saturday morning and stump for her candidate. She said she believed in Saunders because of his promise for change.

“I am voting for Bernie Sanders because I believe in real change,” she told those gathered in the gymnasium of Wahoo High School.

She was willing, she said, to pay more taxes to make the concepts work. — World-Herald News Service

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4 p.m.: Gage County caucus leans toward Clinton

Hillary Clinton overtook Bernie Sanders on Saturday at the Beatrice Public Library in the Gage County caucus.

Preliminary results showed that Sanders received more votes from caucus attendees, 140 to Clinton's 101. However, after absentee ballots were counted -- 74 more for Clinton and just 7 for Sanders -- Clinton won.

The total was 175 for Clinton, 147 for Sanders. A total of 249 attended Saturday, with some not voting.

One Sanders supporter said she's scared Donald Trump will be able to attack Clinton more easily than Sanders, to nods and claps from the room.

A supporter of Clinton told the crowd that the next president will nominate a number of Supreme Court justices.

"That's the most important thing that president will do."

Tom Dorsch, the Gage County Democratic Party chairman, vocally supported Sanders.

"You're in the wrong room if you're a Democrat," Dorsch told the Clinton crowd. — Reece Ristau

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4 p.m.: High-energy crowd and win for Sanders in Sarpy

Nearly 700 people went to Papillion-La Vista High School to caucus for their favorite Democrat. According to unofficial hand counts, there were twice as many supporters of Bernie Sanders than of Hillary Clinton — 430 to 213.

Although Clinton had 100 more absentee votes, it wasn't enough to beat Sanders' in-person fans.

He handily beat Clinton, with an unofficial 455 total votes to her 348, organizers announced to the crowd.

Both sides were growing loud as supporters argued to in favor of their candidates to the nearly 30 undecided voters.

Once an undecided voter chose a side, that side cheered and hollered loudly.

"Every vote counts!" a Bernie supporter yelled. — Alia Conley

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3:30 p.m.: Democrats say all signs point to historic turnout

Vince Powers, chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, says he believes today’s turnout is going to hit historic levels, exceeding 2008.

In 2008, more than 38,000 people turned out for the State Democratic Party’s first-ever caucuses. That was the year that Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

One reason Powers is confident turnout is going to be high is the inclusion this year of absentee ballots. In all, about 6,200 people participated via mail.

Powers says despite initial reports that indicate Bernie Sanders is running strong in many parts of Nebraska, he believes neither candidate is running away with a clear victory.

“This election is going to come down to Lancaster County,” said Powers.

Lancaster County caucuses at 6 p.m. — Robynn Tysver

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3:15 p.m.: Sanders wins Scotts Bluff County

In Scotts Bluff County, 340 attended the caucus event.

Many people who arrived more than 10 minutes after the start time were disappointed they weren't allowed to vote. Caucus rules require that the line be shut down 10 minutes after a caucus was set to start.

Some people showed up even later, confusing central time for mountain time.

Bernie Sanders received 209 votes; Hillary Clinton received 129. — World-Herald News Service

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2:45 p.m.: Caucus rules anger some in Nebraska

Not everybody who wanted to caucus today in Sarpy and Douglas County will be allowed. Some of them showed up too late to get processed.

The rules required that caucus organizers shut down the line 10 minutes after a caucus was set to start. That means anyone who showed up and tried to get into line at 2:11 p.m. in Sarpy County was denied.

Only those in line at 2:11 p.m. were allowed to remain in line.

Organizers note all caucus doors opened more than an hour in advance, and caucus-goers were urged to come early to check in and register to vote, if they hadn’t done so already. — Robynn Tysver

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2:20 p.m.: Divided spouses at Sarpy County caucus

Jessica Palimenio, 34, sat near her neighbors inside Papillion LaVista High School awaiting the 2 p.m. caucus.

All were Hillary Clinton supporters.

Palimenio said her wife, Treightin Palimenio, was sitting across the room with Bernie Sanders fans.

"We're not friends today. But at least she's not a Republican," Jessica joked. "We have healthy political conversations at home."

Jessica said she would vote for a Democrat, no matter who the nominee is.

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2:15 p.m.: Big crowd at Bryan High

Lines extended for more than a block and workers are still working to process caucus-goers. In fact, some people who had planned to caucus won’t be allowed, because they did not show up in time.

Still, caucus organizers say it is far better than in 2008, when chaos erupted in Sarpy County as thousands descended on a lone caucus site.

This year, there are three caucus sites in Sarpy County. — Robynn Tysver

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2 p.m.: Clinton wins close one at Nathan Hale

Voters at Nathan Hale Middle School in northwest Omaha were excited, to say the least, about Saturday's caucus.

The 500 voters in attendance were seemingly split between their two candidates, but the absentee ballots sealed the deal for Clinton.

The former Secretary of State received 237 votes from those in attendance and 275 absentees. Sanders finished with 281 votes and 39 absentees.

Sixty-eight-year-old Creola Woodall led the Clinton side of the caucus in chanting "Hillary" as the other side cheered “Bernie.”

At one point, it was a competition to see who could chant louder. Those voting for Clinton also yelled "She's for us," while those for the senator shouted "Feel the Bern." — Natasha Rausch

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1:15 p.m.: You're up next, Sarpy County caucusers

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12:45 p.m.: South High caucus runs smooth but long

Order reigned, but the fun level this morning at Omaha South High School did not appear to be as high as it was in 2008.

Several caucus-goers remembered fondly the 2008 caucus, when thousands mobbed a caucus site at Metropolitan Community College.

This year, the Nebraska Democratic Party was prepared and organized, but at Omaha South High School the caucus enthusiasm began to wane after two hours into the process.

"There is no comparison (to 2008)," said Carolyn Grice, assistant principal at Omaha South High School. "It was very confusing and bizarre (in 2008) ... this is very well structured, very organized and it's very time consuming." — Robynn Tysver

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12:30 p.m.: Sanders sweeps South Omaha caucus

Bernie Sanders dominated on both the numerical front and the enthusiasm level this morning in South Omaha, as more than 500 Democrats gathered to caucus at South High School.

The Sanders camp won with 344, compared to the 202 people who stood for Hillary Clinton.

“It’s my first caucus and I’m super excited,” said Ravan Charles, a 24-year-old Sanders supporters who was one of the first in the school auditorium.

The Sanders’ supporters were loud and energized throughout the nearly two-hour caucus. They erupted in a Bernie chant several times.

Clinton supporters were more subdued, and more focused on November. Several said they appreciated Sanders supporters' passion, but doubted their candidate could win in the general election.

Sanders received 9 delegates to county convention, while Clinton received six county delegates. — Robynn Tysver

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12:30 p.m.: Sanders supporter ruffles feathers among the undecideds

A Bernie Sanders supporter lost more than eight members of a bloc of 17 undecided voters this morning in South Omaha after he refused to answer whether he would support Hillary Clinton if she won the nomination.

Eli Rigatuso, 50, asked Nathan Reedy – Sanders’ designated leader at the South Omaha caucus – whether he would back Clinton if Sanders lost.

“I think that’s a conversation for another time,” said Reedy.

Clinton’s leader readily said he would back Sanders if Clinton lost the nomination.

With that, Rigatuso and seven others among the officially undecided got up and joined the Clinton camp.

“Totally turned me off,” one woman said. “I’m a Democrat.” — Robynn Tysver

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12:10 p.m.: Sanders edges out Clinton at northwest Omaha caucus

Bernie Sanders supporters outnumbered and outpolled Hillary Clinton fans in the Picotte Elementary gym near 144th and Blondo streets during the Saturday caucus.

Sanders won 10 delegates while Clinton won eight.

At the 10 a.m. caucus, 588 people voted — 366 for Sanders and 222 for Clinton.

But Clinton’s absentee ballots overwhelmed Sanders’, with her 136 votes to his 31.

Those absentee votes pushed Clinton closer but Sanders still won the close heat, 397 to 358.

Caucus organization went smoothly with no major waits or problems. Rules chair CJ King had predicted about 800 people to attend. — Alia Conley

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12 p.m.: Fremont Democrats step into the spotlight

FREMONT, Neb. — The caucus system gives Democrats an opportunity to meet with neighbors and colleagues they didn't know were Democrats, said Don Botic, the Dodge County party chairman.

"It can be an eye-opener,'' he said at a Midland University caucus site. "Democrats are kind of shy about being Democrats in Nebraska.''

About 130 people from 10 precincts turned out at Hopkins Arena. In one precinct, Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders 17 to 5. In another, Sanders won, 11-7. Botic declined to disclose complete caucus results.

"My head is with Hillary; my heart is with Bernie,'' said Rich Hirschman, 72, who ended up supporting Sanders.

Ann Stephens spoke for Clinton, citing her breadth of experience and ability to create change.

Karl Graff, 53, and his daughter, Susannah Graff, a 20-year-old Nebraska Wesleyan University freshman, gave impassioned appeals for Sanders.

"There is a difference between getting things done and making progress,'' Karl Graff said. — David Hendee

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11:45 p.m.: Sanders wins Kearney caucus

KEARNEY, Neb. -- Bernie Sanders scored a victory in the Kearney caucus.

A crowd of nearly 700 turned out at Kearney's Sunrise Middle School, where the caucus began at 10 a.m.

In all, 424 people caucused for Bernie Sanders and 154 for Hillary Clinton.

Sanders supporters packed the bleachers at the school and spilled over into the floor, while Clinton supporters filled about two-thirds of their side of the gym.

There also was a small contingent of around 30 undecided voters, most of whom migrated to the Sanders camp. — World-Herald News Service

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11:30 a.m.: Caucus serves as educational moment for kids

Six-year-old Lilly Oscarson has noticed that a woman is running for president. And her mom, Jen Oscarson, is teaching Lilly and her two other daughters the importance of the political process.

Jen, 37, said she might lean more with Bernie Sanders politically, but caucused for Hillary Saturday morning at Picotte Elementary.

"She'd be building upon what we've done in the last eight years," she said.

One the Sanders side, Chris Lock sat with his toddler son Nolan. Lock said he remembers at 8 years old he asked if his parents were voting for Bush or Clinton, and wanted to instill civic duty to his son.

"(Nolan) knows we're at a caucus, said Lock, 31. "He's going to experience it with me." — Alia Conley

11:15 a.m.: Overflow crowd at Beals; some voters turned away

Caucus-goers were so numerous at Beals Elementary School at 48th and Center Streets that the caucus was moved outdoors.

But apparently lots of unhappy folks there – organizers cut off registrations at 10:10 a.m.

One Democrat called that move “blatantly un-American” by a party that he said traditionally prides itself on working to ensure voter rights.

He estimated that hundreds of people were turned away from Beals. He said people could see the process playing out in front of them but couldn’t join in because they had not been allowed to register.

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11 a.m.: Too many voters, not enough cards

City Councilman Chris Jerram says they're out of the papers used to register voter preferences at his caucus.

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10 a.m.: Crowd photos from around Omaha

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8:15 a.m.: Here's what's at stake today

What do Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska have in common today?

Democrats in all three states will be heading to caucus sites or polling places to weigh in on this year's Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

In Nebraska, there will be caucus locations in all 93 counties. And they all start at varying times.

For example, Douglas County caucuses will start at 10 a.m., while Sarpy County begins at 2 p.m. and Lancaster County at 6 p.m. Party officials encourage participants to arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in.

To find the time and place of your caucus site, go to

We hope you stay with throughout the day as our journalists bring you timely updates from caucus sites throughout the state. Then look to us for the caucus results, which will be released starting at about 8 p.m.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the percentage of Buffalo County that voted for Bernie Sanders.

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