Washington Post's Chris Cillizza touches on the demographic, social, and political change going in with the citizenry in the long-established presidential bellwether state of Nevada. The Silver State has been in the column of all prevailing candidates in every election since 1912, saying no only to the Democratic pickup winner of 1976—Jimmy Carter. Since that election of 1912, Nevada has voted the same in nearly every election as another bellwether which was admitted into the union that year—New Mexico. (The sole exception: 2000, with the split outcome in the Electoral College and U.S. Popular Vote. George W. Bush won over Nevada and Al Gore held New Mexico in a Republican pickup year.)
Cillizza mentions the Land of Enchantment, briefly, and it tells a lot. In 2012, Nev. and N.M. were bluer than some core base states for the Democrats. Nev. (D+6.68) was bluer than New Hampshire (D+5.58) and Pennsylvania (D+5.39). N.M. (D+10.15) was bluer than my home state Michigan (D+9.54) as well as Minnesota (D+7.69) and Wisconsin (D+6.94). The changing demos help make this change possible. Cillizza goes over that with Nev. quite well. N.M. must also be noted from this example in Wikipedia.org: "Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics, at 46 percent (2010 estimate), including descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America."
Why President Obama went to Nevada to talk immigration reform
By Chris Cillizza
Jan. 29, 2013 | http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...ration-reform/
President Obama chose Las Vegas, Nevada to make his big pitch for comprehensive immigration reform on Tuesday. That was not by accident.
There is no state that better typifies the political realities underpinning the fight over immigration reform than the Silver State. The numbers tell the story.