The Western desert state of Nevada has been a boom and bust territory from the very beginning. Its geography is described by Las Vegas art critic Dave Hickey.
“A gigantic, post-oceanic ditch between the Rockies and the Sierras, filled with rough, secondary mountain ranges that stack and twine across the naked landscape.”
Nevada is very much a key battleground state for the election, with previous election trends being almost equally divided between Republican and Democrat winners. Six electoral votes are required to win the state, which represents a 2.2 per cent of the total 270 votes required to be elected president.
Nevada is one of 31 states in 2016 with a law that seeks to bind presidential electors to vote for the winner of the popular vote in their state. Those who choose not to are known as ‘faithless electors’ and, while rare, can be fined or replaced for doing so. Between 1900 and 2012, there were only eight known instances of faithless electors across the United States.