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America's New Swing Region

Changing Politics and Demographics in the Mountain West

edited by Ruy Teixeira

Publication Year: 2012

The Mountain West —Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah —has become the new swing region in American politics. All signs point to these states, especially Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, being crucial in the 2012 election. Unfortunately, the rise of this region has been underreported in the media, and many political observers have only the most superficial understanding of the profound economic, political, and social changes that continue to reshape the Mountain West. America's New Swing Region is the remedy.

Led by bestselling author and political analyst Ruy Teixeira, a talented group of scholars assembled by the Brookings Mountain West program (housed at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas) presents the facts and the narrative necessary for understanding what is happening in this region and why it is so important.

Contents 1. Introduction and Overview

2. America's New Swing Region: The Political Demography and Geography of the Mountain West

3. Metropolitan Voting Patterns in the Mountain West: The New and Old Political Heartlands

4. Hispanics, Race, and the Changing Political Landscape of the United States Mountain West

5. The Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in the Mountain West

6. The Mountain West Today: A Regional Survey

7. Reapportionment and Redistricting in the Mountain West

Contributors include Karlyn Bowman (American Enterprise Institute), David Damore(University of Nevada–Las Vegas (UNLV), William Frey (Brookings Institution), Scott Keeter (Pew Research Center), Robert E. Lang (Brookings, UNLV, and the Lincy Institute), Tom Sanchez (Virginia Tech University), and Ruy Teixeira (Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress).

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

Front Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Robert E. Lang and William E. Brown Jr.

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pp. vii-x

...Mountain West brings Brookings’s high-quality, independent, and high-impact research to a wide range of issues facing the dynamic Intermountain West region, building on the work of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which focuses on helping metropolitan areas, such as Las Vegas, grow in robust, inclusive, and sustainable...

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Introduction

Ruy Teixeira

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pp. 1-10

...As this region has changed, its politics have changed as well. It should no longer be considered a reliably conservative and Republican area but rather a new swing region of the country. In the 2008 presidential election, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico all went for Democrat...

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America's New Swing Region: The Political Demography and Geography of the Mountain West

William H. Frey and Ruy Teixeira

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pp. 11-84

...in flux. Demographic and geographic trends are constantly testing the political balance in these states, as was evident in the 2008 presidential election when three of the states turned from “red” to “blue” and the other three remained red. This chapter provides a guide to the trends that are currently reshaping the balance of forces...

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Metropolitan Voting Patterns in the Mountain West: The New and Old Political Heartlands

Robert E. Lang and Thomas W. Sanchez

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pp. 85-97

...chapter also focuses on electoral politics in the Mountain West’s big metropolitan areas, where increasing scale and demographic diversity are shifting the electoral dynamic of statewide races. The net result is that the Mountain West is not just growing...

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Hispanics, Race, and the Changing Political Landscape of the United States and the Mountain West

William H. Frey

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pp. 98-122

...below, minorities were responsible for winning ten states for Barack Obama in 2008, Nevada and New Mexico being prime examples, and the increases in the numbers of Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians in all of the Mountain West states will give them an even larger political voice in a region that has been...

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The Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in the Mountain West

Scott Keeter

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pp. 123-141

...uneasy, awkward marriage of rugged frontier ideals and rapid demographic change. But change is at the heart of the frontier spirit, and opportunity is a core motivation of the many Americans settling in the West. Young people are at the center of this change, especially in the Mountain West region where the population tilts young. And young...

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The Mountain West Today: A Regional Survey

Karlyn Bowman and Ruy Teixeira

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pp. 142-168

...least important to the region’s residents? Do Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah have a collective identity, or are their state-level differences too great? Is there an identifiable Mountain West personality? Results from the 2010 Brookings Mountain...

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Reapportionment and Redistricting in the Mountain West

David F. Damore

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pp. 169-202

...experienced anything like the political and demographic changes that occurred in the six states of the Mountain West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Collectively, these states grew at unprecedented levels that resulted in populations that are more demographically diverse than before and increasingly urbanized...

Contributors

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pp. 203-204

Index

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pp. 205-212

Series Page, Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780815722878
E-ISBN-10: 0815722877

Page Count: 196
Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 781542957
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