Nevada a split swing state
Election Day has finally come. In Nevada, Washoe County
voters got an early start at voting at local schools this morning. There were
many different views on which presidential candidate would be the best suited
to run the country through the next four years.
Registered Democrat Kelly Lamb went for the other party. “I voted for Romney this term, but I voted for Obama four years ago. I lost my job and went bankruptcy. We can’t do four more years of that,” she stated. “If it’s not Romney, we’re going to see more unemployment, more debt, and more of the same.”
Still, many people had different opinions. Cecilia Cruz stated, “I voted for Obama because he’s done a good job. If he doesn’t win, the middle class will suffer, and the poor will get poorer.” Erin Jones added, “It has taken more than four years to get the economy this way. Another four years [for Obama] would be helpful.” Carter White also expressed his view on Obama’s job, indicating that it has been difficult, but he has worked hard to improve what he was given.
It may be a little difficult for Nevadan voters this time around, due to the fact that they supported Obama in 2008. “Four years ago, the country was looking for something different [than Bush],” stated Kelly Lamb.
Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, at nearly 12 percent, along with the highest foreclosure rates. This has created many concerns for Nevadan voters about their future. If Obama wins, Jeff Roberts predicts, “small businesses would suffer” and the economy would recover very slowly. Chad Brown believes that “Obama has a more balanced plan to grow the economy.”
One thing that decided “Obama” for Erin Jones was women’s Rights and healthcare for women. She cast her vote with the decision that “our generation will be dealing with the effects.”
Jeff Roberts is hoping that the “elected official will make beneficial decisions for the general population”. This meaning focusing mainly on the middle class.
Nevada is one of the many swing states in this election. “We’re a 50/50 state,” stated Linda Verducci. Nevada holds six electoral votes out of 538 total electoral votes. “Every vote counts,” stated college student Peshla Bhatt.
—Kid Reporter Cheyenne Ruiz