Nevada’s key role in the Presidential race

 Nevada is giving the West a greater voice
Nevada is giving the West a greater voice

The state will hold separate caucuses for Democrats and Republicans

US.- With the fifth Republican presidential debate taking place in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 15th, the race to the White House among the GOP is shifting its attention to the role of four key states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

Nevada, the gambling capital of the country, will hold separate caucus dates for Democrats and Republicans, on February 20th and on February 23rd. The Nevada caucuses began in the 2008 US presidential race, and in the last election, in 2012, were the third major electoral event in the nominating process for President of the United States. This year, they will take place just after South Carolina, with the hope of giving the West a greater voice in the process and also claiming more influence in the race to the Oval Office.

However, some analysts believe that lay odds on what may happen come February, probably because voters don’t seem as engaged as those in other states. Furthermore, many of the 13 major Republican candidates that are running today could fall behind after the other early contests.