Nevada: Why it Mattered, as it Prepares for a Recount

Politico named Clark County as one of the most 25 important counties in this election cycle.

Clark County–which includes Las Vegas–is home to more than 75% of all Nevada residents. The swing state hovered in light-blue for weeks prior to the 2016 election. According to U.S. Census numbers, 30.6 percent of the county is Latino. However, the county experienced a devastating economic downturn in the Great Recession  of 2008–90% of all foreclosures in Nevada were in Clark County, and Nevada’s unemployment rate continues to be higher than the national rate.  I found myself in this county before the election because it represented a microcosm of concerns that people were grappling with leading up to election day, November 8, 2016.

One day before election day, I interviewed Mr. Espinoza along with a dozen others.  It was Mr. Espinoza’s words that kept ringing in my ears on November 9th…

“I think this is a turning point for our [Latino] community in general. I think after this election we are going to support the Democrats more so because of the situation with Trump. He brought out the ugly in the community and basically told all of us what we really supposedly are. And that’s not only the Latino community, it’s every culture that he offended. I think this is something that’s not going to be forgotten after 2016, and that the Republicans did nothing to prevent the verbal assaults toward all and any ethnicities throughout the United States.”

Quote starts at 2:25 minutes into the interview.
Politico named Clark County as one of the most 25 important counties in this election cycle.

 Interview Date: November 07, 2016 Location: Las Vegas Strip

Mr. Espinoza, a Clark County native Latino engineer and proud father of 3 girls speaks about immigration, race relations, post-election sentiment and more.



Nevada Recount
“A partial recount is underway in Nevada at the request of De La Fuente, who finished last with a fraction of 1 percent of the vote. He paid about $14,000 for the recount to provide what he called a counterbalance to the recounts sought by Stein. Most of the 92 precincts being re-counted are in the Las Vegas area, with eight of the precincts in four other counties. If the sample shows a discrepancy of at least 1 percent for De La Fuente or Clinton, a full recount will be launched in all 17 Nevada counties. Clinton defeated Trump in Nevada by 27,202 votes, out of 1.1 million votes cast. Nevada Secretary of State spokeswoman Gail Anderson said the recount will be finished by the end of this week.”

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