Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Swing State Nevada Will Offer 'None Of The Above' On Presidential Ballot

Republicans in particular are nervous and have filed a federal lawsuit to try to bump "none" from the ballot.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM

While President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney duke it out for precious electoral college votes, they'll face a considerable foe in Nevada, but the challenge doesn't have a penny in its warchest and isn't expected to show up for any debates.

The National Journal reports this morning that the Nevada presidential ballot is expected to include Obama, Romney and "None of these candidates," the only state in the nation that has offered voters an opportunity to express their displeasure with the slates of choices.

But the Journal reports that Republicans in particular are nervous and have filed a federal lawsuit to try to bump "none" from the ballot.

"They worry that 'none' could siphon away a sufficient number of anti-Obama voters from Romney to throw the state to the president," writes the Journal's Shane Goldmacher. "And because the Silver State's six electoral votes are some of the most hotly contested in the nation, Republicans don't want to leave anything to chance."

In 1998, Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid squeaked past his Republican opponent, John Ensign, by about 400 votes, while "none" tallied more than 8,000 votes that year.

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