Battleground: an interactive map

No matter who wins in November, one thing is certain: the West has arrived.

 

No matter who wins in November, one thing is certain about this year's election: the Interior West has finally arrived. For the last 40 years, campaigns generally flew right over the eight states in the interior. Their sparse populations, relative handful of electoral votes and status as Repubican strongholds meant they just weren't worth fighting over. But the balance has shifted. Democrats now sit in the governor's mansion in six interior states and are making inroads into state legislatures. Key Senate and House seats have gone from red to blue. Suddenly, all eyes are on Western states: Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado are all considered up for grabs. Some polls even call Republican candidate John McCain's home state of Arizona a toss-up, and spoilers could give Montana to Democratic candidate Barack Obama. The Democrats held their convention in Denver, and both candidates have visited towns that haven't seen a major party candidate for decades. All told, they've paid more than 100 visits to the Interior West so far this campaign.

Here are some of the dynamics of the national and state-level races. For more analysis and information on ballot initiatives, click here.

 

Not Red enough
Robert Rhoads
Robert Rhoads
Oct 13, 2008 10:03 PM
I think New Mexico goes Blue with Colorado and Nevada going Red
Colorado goes Blue
Adam Guilford
Adam Guilford
Oct 14, 2008 12:20 PM
I believe that Colorado will go blue this election , McCain made the mistake of suggesting the Colorado River Compact be re-negotiated.... I am sure in the interest of re-allocating some of the water from Colorado to Arizona. That should raise enough red flags on the West Slope especially to swing the vote Obama's direction. Obama would be more likely to be neutral and fair minded on water issues. Water grab policy does not fly well here in Colorado, we fail to see the logic in taking our water to grow lawns in Nevada and Arizona. McCain's 20 year history of support for de-reg of the Banking Industry, choice of Phil Gramm (?!!?) as economic adviser and Herbert Hoover style view of the economic crisis are major problems in a State like ours where voters are savvy and less inclined to vote emotionally.... Also, new voter registration has actually seen Democratic voters out-number Republicans for the first time in my memory. No one knows of course , untill the votes are counted , but I would bet on Obama this year
Two great election websites
Steve Snyder
Steve Snyder
Oct 14, 2008 12:12 AM
I cordially suggest FiveThirtyEight.com or electoral-vote.com.
Indeed
Ryan Foster
Ryan Foster
Oct 15, 2008 04:02 PM
Those are both great sites.