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January 20, 2018

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Nevada political roundup: Dems take Washoe

It's political roundup time from Northern Nevada, where Washoe County has flipped to a majority Democratic voter registration for the first time in 30 years.

From the Reno Gazette-Journal's Anjeanette Damon's story: "It's a very big deal," Republican consultant Pete Ernaut said. "It represents a rather monumental shift in attitudes in the most crucial swing county in the state. I would've never thought in my lifetime that Washoe County would be a Democrat county."

Like or don't like what that may portend, today is the last day to register to vote.

Meanwhile, many are noticing that Washoe County may support Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain.

A Politico story notes that in three of four swing counties in swing states, including Washoe County, Obama holds a narrow lead. The Politico poll has Obama up 46 to 45. Politico notes: "In 2004, President Bush won Washoe County, Nevada's second-most populous county, by a four-point margin over Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry."

As long as we're on the polls, colleague Coolican notes the large margin of error in the R-J's poll that placed Heller with a double-digit lead over Derby in CD02 and that had Porter beating Titus in CD03.

Speaker Barbara Buckley, the Las Vegas Democrat, was in Carson City last evening giving her presentation giving her presentation on the state's financial structure. Did Gov. Gibbons attend?

Alas, Governor Gibbons was in D.C. meeting on the sage grouse issue, which is vital to Northern Nevada and the future of renewable energy projects in the state.

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