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Things got way out of hand in Nevada with Democratic tensions coming to blows AP
Thousands of people gather at the Paris casino in Las Vegas for the Nevada State Democratic Convention on Saturday, May 14, 2016. They are picking delegates to send to the national convention in July. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)

Absolute mayhem erupted on Saturday during the Democratic convention in Nevada over allegations of deceiving voters and a delegate designation system that is too complicated to be easily understood or managed.

The tensions at the Nevada convention stemmed from the total number of delegates designated to the candidates: Clinton received 1,695, while Sanders received 1,662. The count gave Clinton an edge up on Sanders, and Sanders supporters were upset, protesting the Clinton lead because 56 of Sanders’ delegates were denied delegate status because they did not register as Democrats by the May 1 deadline, according to reports.

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The temporary convention rules by which the delegate recounts were rejected were adopted through a voice vote (a potentially inaccurate method), which Sanders supporters vehemently opposed.

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The tension got so out of hand that the Nevada State Democratic Party said Sunday that the Paris Las Vegas Hotel’s security had to cut off the event because they could no longer handle the chaotic situation. “At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night, the director of security for the Paris Las Vegas Hotel informed the state party and representatives from both presidential campaigns that the property could no longer provide the necessary security under conditions made unruly and unpredictable. Paris Las Vegas Hotel security requested a prompt conclusion to the event,” the Nevada State Democratic Party said in a statement.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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