WASHINGTON — Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard barely registered in the Nevada Democratic caucuses Saturday, further dampening her dream of moving into the White House.

The Associated Press declared Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders the winner as he held a significant lead over the other 2020 Democrats in the field, including former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

With 88% of precincts reporting, Sanders won 47.1% of all county convention delegates while Biden, who was in second place, received 21%.

Gabbard, meanwhile, lagged far behind the frontrunners, and was in last place among the main contenders still in the race with 0.0% of county convention delegates.

Her poor showing was not unexpected.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, seen here in New Hampshire, has struggled to gain much traction nationally. Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2020

The congresswoman received 0% of the final votes in Iowa and only 3.3% in New Hampshire, a state where she spent a significant amount of time and money.

Her poll numbers have been generally dismal in both early voting states and nationally, where she averages less than 2% support.

Gabbard has not put a lot of effort into campaigning in early caucus states, such as Nevada, saying that doing so would be a waste of her limited financial and human capital.

For example, Gabbard spent nearly 40 days in Iowa early on in her campaign, but all but abandoned the state in October to focus her efforts instead on New Hampshire, where she hoped to capture voters who did not identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans.

Since New Hampshire, Gabbard has focused her efforts on South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Utah and Colorado, which either have open primaries or large numbers of unaffiliated voters who can pull a Democratic ballot.

Gabbard has built a base that includes far-left progressives, libertarian-minded independents and conservatives who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

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