Nevada Emerges as Key Battleground State Nevada's booming population means the state's political makeup changes significantly from one presidential election to the next. Though President Bush carried the state in 2000, this year analysts say Nevada is almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. NPR's Robert Siegel explores the issues that may decide the presidential election there.
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Nevada Emerges as Key Battleground State

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Nevada Emerges as Key Battleground State

Nevada Emerges as Key Battleground State

Fast-Growing Population Makes for Shifting Political Landscape

Nevada Emerges as Key Battleground State

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Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller, a Republican, at a rally celebrating the opening of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign headquarters in Las Vegas. Art Silverman, NPR hide caption

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Nevada's booming population means the state's political makeup changes significantly from one election to the next. Though President Bush carried the state in 2000, this year analysts say Nevada is almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. Las Vegas is heavily unionized and tends toward Democratic candidates. Strong Republican support outside Las Vegas comes from ranchers who graze cattle on federal land. NPR's Robert Siegel recently visited Nevada to explore key issues that may decide the presidential election there.

Correction, aired April 22, 2004: When this story aired on April 19, we misstated a rancher's reasons for being uphappy with the actions of the Clinton administration related to grazing on federal land. The rancher was angered at what he perceived as an increase in paperwork related to grazing, not an increase in fees for those rights. President Clinton asked for a hike in fees, but Congress was unwilling to go along.