politicians stormed the Battle Born state this week as the race for the White
House hit the home stretch.
On Tuesday, Democratic
Senator Elizabeth Warren held an event in Las Vegas. On Wednesday GOP
Presidential nominee Donald Trump held two rallies, in Reno and Henderson. And,
fresh off his vice presidential debate with Republican Mike Pence, Sen. Tim
Kaine held events in the state on Thursday and Friday.
Nevada can expect more
visits from leading contenders and their surrogates because it is a key swing
state in both the race for the White House and efforts to control the Senate.
Hillary Clinton holds a
one point lead over Trump – 44 to 43 percent – according to the Real Clear Politics
average of polls.
The contest to fill the
seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is also tight. Republican Joe Heck
has a 3.4 point lead over Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, according to Real
Clear Politics averages. Democrats must pick-up at least four seats to flip the
chamber and retaining Reid’s seat will make that much easier.
Democrats make up 39
percent of almost 1.4 million registered Nevada voters, compared 33 percent for
the Republicans, according data released by the state Monday.
Those who haven’t made
up their minds tend to be younger and less likely to be staunch supporters of
either party, UNLV political science professor Dan Lee told American Media
He said the attention Nevada
is receiving as a swing state could bring more people to the polls. “Being a
swing state brings so much attention” to Nevada,” Lee said. “It fosters
Chelsea Agsalud, 22, displayed
no lack of enthusiasm at Sen. Warren’s Democratic event on Tuesday. “I’ve
always been a diehard Hillary fan,” said Agsalud, who said was named after Clinton’s
During his speech
Thursday, Kaine the crowd of 425, mostly union workers, about plans he and
Clinton have to improve vocational education, raise wages, give tax relief to
those earning less than $250,000 a year. He said they’d nominate justices to
the Supreme Court who understand organized labor and reform immigration.
Kaine said his goal
during Tuesday’s vice presidential debate was to challenge Pence to about the
“horrible” things that come out of Trump’s mouth. “If you can’t defend
your running mate, how are you going to ask a person to vote for them,” he
Mike Hadley, 70, was
among about 150 seniors at Kaine’s stump in Henderson Friday morning. “I’m kind
of hoping Hillary wins so she gets to say ‘you’re fired’ to Mr. Trump,” the
retired salesman, joked.
Trump’s message to
thousands of his supporters in Henderson on Wednesday contrasted with Kaine’s.
He vowed to put up a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to stop immigrants from
coming into the country illegally. He promised to make better trade deals,
repeal Obamacare and cut taxes and regulations. “I’ll be the greatest
president God ever created,” he said.
John Elizondo, a Las
Vegas chauffeur, made toilet paper to show support for the Republican. “It’s time to wipe the crap out of
Washington,” the 65-year-old said, reading the plastic wrapper around the
four-roll pack. “We could wipe it out with Trump.
At his Reno rally, the Republican
billionaire blundered the state’s preferred pronunciation, calling it
“Ne-VAH-da,” and repeating it with emphasis. That’s a pet peeve of locals who
insist it’s “Nev-AD-a.”
“Nobody says it the other way,” Trump told the
Jocelyn Pereira heard
Warren make the same mistake on Tuesday. Unlike the brash businessman, she
said, the anti-Wall Street populist acknowledged the error and corrected it.
didn’t bother Joseph Pepitone Sr., a Las Vegas entertainer who dresses as a
character he calls “Grandpa Vampire.” He hung anti-Clinton signs crooked on his
station wagon and put mannequin in her likeness on the roof parked it outside
the Republican rally.
Pepitone said he’ll
take a gamble with Trump. “In Las Vegas, the biggest thing to win is a royal
flush,” the 75-year-old said. “To win a royal flush, you need a trump.”
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