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Does Nevada Face a Political Crisis Post-Election?

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If Tuesday's election is any indication, when it comes to politics, the country is pretty split and - looking at the votes locally, it's not much different here in Nevada.

We have seen a mix of red and blue in the Silver State.

In 2008 and 2012, President Barack Obama won Nevada.

However, we've also seen big GOP wins for Governor Brian Sandoval in 2010. Just this week, Dean Heller won in a tight race for the Senate.

So, on my weekend show, 'Face the State,' I wanted to know, does this mean Nevada doesn't know what it wants or are Nevadans sending the message they want both parties to work together better?

"The last five or six election cycles, it's like candidate quality matters, the parties are not particularly strong or one's strong and one's week, depending on the people," said University of Nevada Political Science Professor Eric Herzik. "Go back ten years, the Democratic party was in total disarray, now they're not. So we are a microcosm. Plus, the demographic factors."

Fred Lokken is a Political Science Professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. He said we can't forget the role of independents in these elections.

He said they are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the political process.

"We have a great protest movement here, too, called the non-partisans, which are at record numbers in this state and a record number of people are identifying as independents nationally. There is frustration with the two party system. We want them to behave better."

To watch the entire post-election show on Face the State, tune into Channel 2 Saturday at 4:30am and 4:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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