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Mountain West suburbs become a key battleground – Eshaan Vakil

On Nov. 5, all eyes were on Nevada and Arizona as the world wondered if these two states would cast their electoral college votes for Joe Biden or President Donald Trump. Journalists in the United States and abroad delved into the political minutiae of Clark and Maricopa counties, with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election hanging in the balance.

As we now know, both Nevada and Arizona will add to the Electoral College vote total of President-elect Biden.

This international attention confirmed what those of us in the Mountain West already knew: This is a region whose politics are in tremendous flux, and in the future, more and more political attention will be paid to the Southwestern part of the U.S. Continue reading…

Eshaan Vakil is a student researcher on public policy issues at the Brookings Mountain West center at UNLV. He specializes in the intersection of government and technology/science. He can be reached at

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