Nevada has been trending Democrat for the last 6 years. Democrats have controlled both chambers of the state legislature for years. What a change in 2014. This was the best election statewide for Republicans ever.
The Republicans put out a press release today about the results:
- We increased our majority in Congress over the Democrats by 13
- At the state level we swept all six constitutional offices (Gov, Lt. Gov, SoS, AG, Treasurer, Controller)
- We took a majority in the state Senate
- We picked up 10 seats in the state Assembly and now have a majority
- Never before in Nevada has one party held all constitutional offices and both chambers of legislature
It should be remembered this is a midterm election, which tend to favor Republicans as they tend to follow the news and vote more than Democrats do. But in the 150 year history of Nevada, half the elections were midterms.
Why the huge change?
As a Nevada resident who knows many of the politicians and of course many more of the voters, will give my take. The key was Obama. It was a matter of the little boy who cried wolf. Twice the townspeople came to rescue the boy. The third time they did not come because he had not told them the truth the first two times, and the wolf ate him. In two elections after becoming president Obama told voters excuses as to why what he promised, never happened. And twice it worked in Nevada.
The third time many of his supporters were demoralized. They did not vote Democrat, they did not vote. They did not want to talk about Obama any more. Inwardly they very slowly began to see the real man, not the carefully created myth. They are not to the point of admitting they were wrong, outwardly. They are at the point of no longer having any enthusiasm for Obama. They feel conned. They are beginning to doubt whether they are competent as voters. So they did not take the time to vote, which clobbered Democrats statewide. This is just an observation for Nevada. All the Obama voters I know, no longer want to talk about Obama. If Republicans play their cards right they can pull a Reagan. Obama is the new Carter. He may convert many young college indoctrinated Democrats into Independents, Republicans, Libertarians and in Nevada our largest third party, the Independent American Party.