"Obama appears to have done slightly better than Sen. John Kerry in the rugged counties of western Colorado—traditional Republican strongholds. But his biggest sources of support, returns show, are voters in Denver and its northern suburbs (Boulder), whose ranks have swelled in recent years," reports U.S. News & World Report.
Colorado's population has increased 13% since 2000, with most of growth occurring around Denver, a younger and more diverse populace than much of the state. Obama won the Denver region by a large margin.
Obama is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Nevada since Clinton's 1996 reelection bid.
Per Nevada Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, "He energized new voters, Hispanics and reenergized the Democratic Party. People needed a change and clearly they're getting one."
According to MSNBC exit polls, the Obama/Biden ticket drew unsually strong support from:
Hispanic voters, who comprised 41% of New Mexico's electorate, cast a whopping 69% of their ballots for Barack Obama, per MSNBC exit polls.
Of the 55% of voters who cited the ECONOMY as their top concern, 60% voted for Obama. New Mexico has the highest state foreclosure rate in the nation in 2008.