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Nevada Early Vote Analysis - This One's Gonna Be Close! (Vanity)
Analysis of Nevada SOS Website | 11/4/2012 | ex-Libertarian

Posted on 11/04/2012 6:12:24 PM PST by ex-Libertarian

The votes are in!

Early and absentee voting is now complete in Nevada, giving us the most complete hard data set to date on the real status of the election.

Nevada does not appear on any of the "Romney paths to victory" laid out by pundits, and few seem to believe that Nevada is really in play. Frankly we don't need Nevada to win this election.

I did this analysis not so much to understand Nevada in particular, but to try to make sense of the massive disconnect we are seeing in polls this year. So while this analysis is interesting as it relates to Romney prospects in Nevada specifically, it's much MORE interesting as an early indicator of where this election really stands nationwide.

Put simply, if Romney is winning in Nevada or is even close, Axelrod's playbook is out the window, along with the polling methodologies of Marist, PPP and all the rest.

Anyway, I believe the EV/AB results unequivocally prove that Nevada is very much IN play. Here's why...

BACKGROUND

As all poll junkies know too well, two sets of numbers comprise the results of any election: 1) Partisan Turnout (the partisan breakdown of people who actually vote - D/R/I) and 2) Partisan Voting Preference (the % of Dems, Reps and Inds who vote D, R and I respectively).

So, for example, suppose we have a 34D/30R/36I electorate. Further suppose that Dems and Reps both vote 90/10 for their candidate, and that the Inds split 55/45 for the Dem. Final results would be:

Dem = (34%x90%)+(30x10%)+(36*55%) = 53.4%

Rep = (30%x90%)+(34x10%)+(36*45%) = 46.6%

Now, the above numbers are NOT what we're seeing in Nevada - this is just an example to demonstrate the math.

Below is the analysis of what we're actually seeing in Nevada...

DATA - Partisan Turnout

Partisan Turnout is by far the most subject to pollster assumptions and bias, and is the source of most polling controversy. The good news is that Nevada early voting gives us hard data as to what the likely changes will be in Partisan turnout from 2008 to 2012.

Specifically, we know that 2008 Partisan Turnout was 38D/30R/32I. We also know that EV/AB Partisan Turnout in Clarke and Washoe counties moved from 49.5D/34.1R/16.4I in 2008 to 43.9D/34.7R/19.2I in 2012. This is not speculation or an estimate - this is hard data.

I use Washoe and Clark because they are the only two counties for which I could find both 2008 and 2012 hard, complete data, and because together they account for well over 80% of the Nevada vote. Yes, it's true that together these counties are heavily Dem, but what's important for this analysis is the CHANGE in Partisan Turnout and not the absolute numbers. The change in the Washoe and Clark Partisan Turnout should be reflective of the change in the Partisan turnout for Nevada overall.

Given the above assumptions, the Partisan turnout should move from 38/D/30R/32I in 2008 to 35D/30R/37I in 2012. Nothing shocking or mind-blowing here, and it makes intuitive sense. But it's very different from what we see in most polls.

In reality, I think this analysis understates the eventual Republican turnout, simply because so much more of the Dem effort has been focused on improving their EV/AB performance, whereas Republicans have been focused on election day turnout and in EV of "low propensity" voters.

So 35D/30R/37I is a very conservative projection for Partisan turnout - if anything it may be slightly more Republican and Independent than this.

DATA - Partisan Voting Preference

In 2008, Nevada Republicans went 88% McCain, 11% Obama and 1% Other. At the same time, Nevada Dems voted 93% for Obama, 6% for McCain and 1% Other. Independents broke 54% for Obama, 41% for McCain and 5% Other.

2012 Partisan Voting Preferences are looking very different however. Even in polls that have Obama winning Nevada handily, all but one (ARG) show Romney winning Independents, and all but one (PPP) show Romney holding a higher % of Republicans than Obama does of Democrats.

To come up with a 2012 Partisan Voter Preference, I averaged together the numbers from the only four recent public polls which disclose Party ID cross-tabs (PPP, LVRJ, Gravis and ARG). Results are as follows:

* Democrats: 88% Obama, 9% Romney, 2% Other

* Republicans: 9% Obama, 90% Romney, 1% Other

* Independents: 42% Obama, 53% Romney, 5% Other

ANALYSIS

Multiplying out the above Partisan Turnout figures with these Partisan Voting Preferences yields a final vote tally of:

* Romney - 50.41%

* Obama - 49.30%

In summary, with the Partisan Turnout we are seeing, Romney needs to only do two things to win Nevada: 1) Win Independents by 9% or more (which 2 of the 4 polls show him doing), and 2) Win the same or better % of Republicans as Obama wins of Democrats (which 3 of the 4 polls show him doing)

Clearly Nevada is on a knife's edge. But if Nevada - which Obama won by over 12% in 2008 - is on a knife's edge, Tuesday will be a very sad day in Chicago.


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1 posted on 11/04/2012 6:12:24 PM PST by ex-Libertarian
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To: ex-Libertarian

Nice work! I’m not counting on Nevada, but a close race here bodes very well for Romney overall.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 6:19:57 PM PST by whitey righty
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To: ex-Libertarian

I was wondering why Obama has been going to NV so much ?


3 posted on 11/04/2012 6:22:13 PM PST by america-rules
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To: ex-Libertarian

Interesting analysis, thanks!


4 posted on 11/04/2012 6:22:44 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: ex-Libertarian

LET’s ROLL! R&R! Rock N Roll!


5 posted on 11/04/2012 6:24:39 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: ex-Libertarian
Sorry folks - minor typo in the numbers above. "EV/AB Partisan Turnout in Clarke and Washoe counties moved from 49.5D/34.1R/16.4I in 2008 to <<46.1D>>/34.7R/19.2I" The other numbers are all correct - this was just a transcription error. My bad!
6 posted on 11/04/2012 6:27:24 PM PST by ex-Libertarian
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Sorry folks - minor typo in the numbers above. "EV/AB Partisan Turnout in Clarke and Washoe counties moved from 49.5D/34.1R/16.4I in 2008 to <<46.1D>>/34.7R/19.2I" The other numbers are all correct - this was just a transcription error. My bad!
7 posted on 11/04/2012 6:28:11 PM PST by ex-Libertarian
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To: ex-Libertarian

Nevada’s not needed, but would be sweet.


8 posted on 11/04/2012 6:29:47 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Republic Rocker

Nevada is the one state I have not given to Romney, Reid’s union thugs will insure a Nevada win for Obama. However VA, FL,NC, CO, NH, OH and at least one of MI or PA will go Romney way and he will win. Best news of Polls was CNN that had tied with D+11 sample! Romney up 20+ with Indys. I don’t think Romney up 20 with Indy’s but believe close if not over double digits, that will do it right there!


9 posted on 11/04/2012 6:33:13 PM PST by shoedog
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To: ex-Libertarian

Nice analysis. I’m still not buying the fact that 9% of Republican will vote for Obama but that’s cancelled out by the 9% of Democrats that are said to be voting Romney.


10 posted on 11/04/2012 6:34:24 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: ex-Libertarian
2 points i see and want to address. The 3% D staying home and 3% of D switching to Indy does not bode well for Obama. the "stay home" vote will probably bump be 4%-5% on election day if trend is correct.

The final analysis has Indy breaking less than 2 - 1 for Romney. I would expect this to be over 2-1 on election day.

All good new for Romney/Ryan.

11 posted on 11/04/2012 6:38:13 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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I was in Washoe County last weekend. I saw about 20 times the Romney signs than Obama. I drove by a house in Reno that I almost bought (bank owned) a few years ago. The person that bought the house lived a few houses down. After buying the house they walked away from their other home. This person had one of the few Obama signs in the neighborhood. Outside Carson City I saw a Toyota Prius with a sticker “Woman for Mitt”!


12 posted on 11/04/2012 7:16:12 PM PST by willk
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To: ex-Libertarian

I was in Washoe County last weekend. I saw about 20 times the Romney signs than Obama. I drove by a house in Reno that I almost bought (bank owned) a few years ago. The person that bought the house lived a few houses down. After buying the house they walked away from their other home. This person had one of the few Obama signs in the neighborhood. Outside Carson City I saw a Toyota Prius with a sticker “Woman for Mitt”!


13 posted on 11/04/2012 7:16:38 PM PST by willk
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To: ex-Libertarian

I was in Washoe County last weekend. I saw about 20 times the Romney signs than Obama. I drove by a house in Reno that I almost bought (bank owned) a few years ago. The person that bought the house lived a few houses down. After buying the house they walked away from their other home. This person had one of the few Obama signs in the neighborhood. Outside Carson City I saw a Toyota Prius with a sticker “Woman for Mitt”!


14 posted on 11/04/2012 7:17:53 PM PST by willk
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To: ex-Libertarian

I was in Washoe County last weekend. I saw about 20 times the Romney signs than Obama. I drove by a house in Reno that I almost bought (bank owned) a few years ago. The person that bought the house lived a few houses down. After buying the house they walked away from their other home. This person had one of the few Obama signs in the neighborhood. Outside Carson City I saw a Toyota Prius with a sticker “Woman for Mitt”!


15 posted on 11/04/2012 7:18:12 PM PST by willk
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To: ex-Libertarian

I was in Washoe County last weekend. I saw about 20 times the Romney signs than Obama. I drove by a house in Reno that I almost bought (bank owned) a few years ago. The person that bought the house lived a few houses down. After buying the house they walked away from their other home. This person had one of the few Obama signs in the neighborhood. Outside Carson City I saw a Toyota Prius with a sticker “Woman for Mitt”!


16 posted on 11/04/2012 7:18:24 PM PST by willk
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To: ex-Libertarian

I was in Washoe County last weekend. I saw about 20 times the Romney signs than Obama. I drove by a house in Reno that I almost bought (bank owned) a few years ago. The person that bought the house lived a few houses down. After buying the house they walked away from their other home. This person had one of the few Obama signs in the neighborhood. Outside Carson City I saw a Toyota Prius with a sticker “Woman for Mitt”!


17 posted on 11/04/2012 7:18:33 PM PST by willk
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To: SamAdams76

I am with you, plus. I think a slightly higher percentage of Democrats will vote for Romney than Republican will vote for Obama. I could see Romney getting something like 95% of the Republican with Obama getting something like 92% of the Democrats.


18 posted on 11/04/2012 8:18:50 PM PST by JLS
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To: willk

That is because Washoe County is a REPUBLICAN county, not a democrat county. The original article is incorrect. Clark County, however, is a democrat stronghold; that is correct.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 9:08:46 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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I was able to influence a friend to vote for Romney in Nevada and she in turn influenced her father who was not even going to vote, so I am very happy to see Nevada is in play. WHOOHOO!!


20 posted on 11/04/2012 9:51:00 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: erkelly

D’s won early voting in Washoe by 12 points in 2008. In 2012 R’s have a small lead in Washoe. Thats a big swing in EV by party.


21 posted on 11/04/2012 10:03:45 PM PST by jwalsh07
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