Is Nevada actually becoming a blue state?

Hillary Clinton delivers a campaign speech in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 (Photo: KRNV)

After choosing Hillary Clinton Tuesday night, Nevadans have now voted for a Democratic president in five of the last seven election cycles, leading some to believe the historically red Silver State is becoming blue.

Democrats also retook both chambers of the state legislature, and prevented the Republicans from flipping Harry Reid's Senate seat by electing Catherine Cortez Masto.

"Nevada is bluer than the thumbs of a cross-eyed carpenter," said Paul Davis, politics professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. "Count on it. It's happening. It's happened ... You can't run away from it."

Forty-eight percent of Nevadans selected Clinton Tuesday compared to just 46 percent who voted for Trump.

After helping electing President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and choosing Clinton in 2016, Nevadans have voted blue in the last three presidential election cycles. That hasn't happened since the 1940s.

Nevada Democratic Party vice chair Chris Wicker said the victories have been gratifying, but that the transition from red to blue isn't finished.

"In presidential years, you can call Nevada a blue state, but in midterm years it's still a purple state," Wicker said. "The reason is that a lot of the Democratic voters are less reliable in coming out for midterm elections than they are in presidential elections."

Washoe County Republican chairman Roger Edwards disputed Davis' claim that Nevada is already blue, despite Clinton winning Nevada by over 20,000 votes and Washoe County by 2,000 votes.

"Nevada's not turning blue, Clark County's turning blue. And the fact that they've got four times the population of the rest of the state makes all the difference," Edwards said.

"It's the same thing in California. California is basically a very conservative state except for Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles and that sort of thing."

Davis said Nevada is following in the footsteps of California.

"We're getting bluer. We're getting much much bluer. (Will we get) as blue as California? I don't think anybody can be as blue as California, but we're going to be close," Davis said.

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