Daily US Times: In every presidential election since 2004, Democrats have kept Nevada in their column. Democrats delivered a “blue wave” in the 2018 midterm election, flipping a U.S. Senate seat and bolstering their dominance of the congressional delegation and Legislature.
But political strategists and organizers warn that Nevada is a swing state this year and it could swing.
Annette Magnus-Marquart, executive director of the Nevada progressive group Battle Born Progress, said: “I don’t know where this state goes. Nevada is still a purple state. Nevada is still a battleground. No matter what your party is, you have to fight when you’re running in this state.”
President Donald Trump narrowly lost here in 2016. The President scheduled a rally Sunday night in Carson City, his second campaign visit Nevada in as many months as the first big wave of voting kicks off.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Nevada’s Democrat-controlled state government is automatically mailing ballots to all active registered voters, but in-person voting that started Saturday is typically when most voters cast their votes. It’s expected to remain a popular choice this year, with long lines or voters forming at several sites on Saturday.
The coronavirus pandemic has pummeled the tourism-dependent economy and the unemployment rate is the highest in the nation.
For the vaunted Democratic political machine, it’s shifted in-person campaigning and reaching voters’ door to door to a virtual effort for much of this year. Republican campaign only moved to a virtual format for a few months and have been working hard, with a staff twice as big as their 2016 effort.
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