Nevada Turns Blue For Obama
Democrat Barack Obama won overwhelming support from minority voters in Nevada on Tuesday, helping to turn this red state blue for the first time in many years.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Although president-elect Obama didn’t need Nevada’s five electoral votes to win the election, his 20 visits o this battle ground state paid off with a nearly two-to-one advantage among voters.
An exit poll found roughly three-quarters of Hispanics and more than nine in 10 blacks voted for Obama. The groups combined represent about one quarter of the total vote.
Washoe County is a usually reliable Republican stronghold. It has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. But more than half of voters here supported Obama.
The election drew strong early voter turnout in the county. Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk says 44 percent voted early or by absentee ballot and those were overwhelming for Obama.