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Title: The Mountain States Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Utah


1
The Mountain States Colorado, Montana, Nevada,
and Utah
Ashley Crane, Adam Cupples, and Josh Lauren
2
Democratic Control of State Government
3
Colorado
4
Montana
5
Nevada
6
Utah
7
Democratic Control of State Assembly
8
Colorado
9
Montana
10
Nevada
11
Utah
12
National Partisan Trends
13
Colorado
14
Montana
15
Nevada
16
Utah
17
State Comparison Maps
18
Colorado Comparison
1960
2004
Red Democrats Blue Republican
This comparison illustrates the increase in
competitive partisan trends within the counties
19
Montana Comparison
1960
2004
Red Democrats Blue Republican
This comparison illustrates the rise of the
Republican Party within the counties.
20
Nevada Comparison
1960
2004
Red Democrats Blue Republican
This comparison illustrates the significant shift
and dominance of the Republican Party that has
occurred within the counties.
21
Utah Comparison
1960
2004
Red Democrats Blue Republican
This comparison illustrates the absolute
Republican presence within the counties.
22
Percentage of State Government Liberalism and
Citizen Liberalism
23
Colorado
24
Montana
25
Nevada
26
Utah
27
Qualitative Research
28
Colorado
  • Colorado is a Republican state, but the Democrats
    often win important state elections.
  • The Republican Party has a strong grip on the
    states legislature.
  • From 1960 to 1996 Republicans controlled both
    houses of the Colorado General Assembly.
  • Political party organization is distinguished by
    the large role that rank and file party members
    play in nominating party candidates for political
    office.
  • Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are
    governed by a state central committee.
  • It appears that the Republicans are better
    organized than the Democrats on the state level.

29
Montana
  • Montana has a party system characterized by a
    high level of competition.
  • Both parties tend to have weak organizational
    infrastructure.
  • An indicator of the high level of electoral
    competition is found at the state legislative
    level.
  • From 1974 to 1992, 29 of state house seats and
    33 of senate seats were won with less than 55
    of the popular vote.
  • Montana may be evolving towards a less
    competitive future the Republicans have
    controlled the Governorship since 1988.
  • Montana is one of a small number of states that
    has an open primary election.
  • State parties have been seriously undermined by
    the primary nomination device. Today, state
    parties are unable to formally control who may
    run as a candidate and in the case of open
    primaries, unable to condition who may vote.

30
Nevada
  • For the most part, Nevada has produced
    traditional two party electoral outcomes.
  • Socioeconomic, demographic, and personality
    factors, in addition to natural resources such as
    silver have had a major impact on the state
    political parties. An example of this would be
    the Populist Party, which was labeled the Silver
    Party.
  • The Republican Party has grown substantially
    since 1972. Nevada has always been a conservative
    and highly individualistic state.
  • Nevada is the fastest growing state in the United
    States.
  • Both Republican and Democratic Parties use a
    three tier system of organization precinct,
    county, and state.
  • Regional concerns effect nearly aspect of Nevada
    Politics. Both parties must balance northern and
    southern regional interests.

31
Utah
  • Political Parties in Utah are a product of a
    unique mixture of religious, economic, and
    political factors.
  • The Mormon church has a significant presence
    within the political culture of Utah.
  • The two most important developments affecting the
    parties organizational capacity have been
    changes in the state statutes controlling the
    parties and innovations in campaign fund raising
    and strategy that have filtered down from the
    national level.
  • The open primary system has helped the Republican
    Party gain control in state politics.
  • Both Republican and Democratic Parties are
    strongly influenced by factions and outside
    groups.
  • Both the Republican and Democratic Parties within
    the state have good working relationships with
    their national parties. For example, the national
    Republican Party provided expertise for
    fundraisers and telemarketing campaigns for the
    Utah State Republican Party.
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