Conservation Wins with Western Voters

Throughout the West, land conservation is a winning campaign issue.

Western voters identify with the region’s outdoor spaces and deeply value access for hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Whether a candidate is running for president, governor, senator, or representative, those who show support for the West’s outdoors, parks, and public lands have a leg up in connecting with voters.

This year, the road to the White House runs through the Rocky Mountain West with Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Montana looming as key showdowns. The region will also host important races for governor, for the U.S. Senate, and for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Winning the West Campaign provides information and data to help candidates connect with Westerners in a way that strikes the right balance on public lands, energy, and recreation issues.

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WESTERN BATTLEGROUND STATES

TICKET SPLITTERS GRAVITATE TOWARDS A BALANCED APPROACH FROM A CANDIDATE OVER PARTY AFFILIATION

MT VOTERS DEM TICKET SPLITTERS REP
A Democratic candidate who believes that the outdoors and our hunting and fishing heritage are what define Montana; who opposes transferring national forests and other public lands to state or local management; who will make protecting and providing public access to our land, water, and wildlife a top priority; who will support our recreation economy and agriculture; and who believes that we can have energy development on Montana lands if we manage it in a balanced way and prioritize wind and solar power . 49 90 59 9

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A Republican candidate who believes states should be able to manage their own public lands; who supports selling off some public lands to close the budget deficit; who prioritizes expanding domestic oil and gas production to spur economic development; and who wants to aggressively challenge federal ownership of public lands. 33 5 17 73


MT VOTERS DEM TICKET SPLITTERS REP
A Democratic candidate who believes states should be able to manage their own public lands; who supports selling off some public lands to close the budget deficit; who prioritizes expanding domestic oil and gas production to spur economic development; and who wants to aggressively challenge federal ownership of public lands. 32 75 30 3

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A Republican candidate who believes that the outdoors and our hunting and fishing heritage are what define Montana; who opposes transferring national forests and other public lands to state or local management; who will make protecting and providing public access to our land, water, and wildlife a top priority; who will support our recreation economy and agriculture; and who believes that we can have energy development on Montana lands if we manage it in a balanced way and prioritize wind and solar power 48 13 46 80

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Montana

SWING VOTERS CHOOSE CANDIDATES WITH A PRO-CONSERVATION, BALANCED APPROACH

NV VOTERS DEM TICKET SPLITTERS REP
A Republican candidate who believes that the deserts and mountains help make Nevada special, and are an important part of the state’s tourism economy; who believes recreation and renewable energy should be priorities on our pubic lands; and who believes that through collaboration with local communities, we can find balance in the management of our pubic lands. 39 4 42 75

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A Democratic candidate who wants to protect our public lands from development and strengthen environmental protections; who believes oil, gas, and coal should stay in the ground and be replaced by renewable sources; and who wants to ban fracking to leave a cleaner future for generations to come. 46 88 39 75


NV VOTERS DEM TICKET SPLITTERS REP
A Democratic candidate who believes that the deserts and mountains help make Nevada special, and are an important part of the state’s tourism economy; who believes recreation and renewable energy should be priorities on our pubic lands; and who believes that through collaboration with local communities, we can find balance in the management of our pubic lands. 55 92 54 13

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A Republican candidate who believes states should be able to manage their own public lands, not federal bureaucrats; who supports selling some public lands to close the budget deficit; who stands alongside Cliven Bundy and his family; who opposes new federal monuments and instead prioritizes the development of public lands to help grow our economy. 33 5 27 70

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Nevada

INDEPENDENTS ALSO GRAVITATE TOWARD A BALANCED APPROACH FROM A CANDIDATE OVER PARTY AFFILIATION

CO VOTERS DEM IND REP
A Democratic candidate who believes that the outdoors are what define Colorado; who will make protecting and providing public access to our land, water, and wildlife a top priority; who will support our recreation economy and ranching; and who believes that we can have energy development on Colorado lands if we manage it in a balanced way and prioritize wind and solar power. 54 89 53 16

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A Republican candidate who believes states should be able to manage their own public lands, not federal bureaucrats; who supports selling some public lands to close the budget deficit; and who prioritizes expanding domestic oil and gas production to spur economic development and create jobs. 33 6 21 72


CO VOTERS DEM IND REP
A Democratic candidate who will make protecting our land, water, and air a top priority and increase funding for environmental programs; who believes oil, gas, and coal should stay in the ground and be replaced by renewable sources, like wind and solar; and w 44 84 38 7

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A Republican candidate who believes that the outdoors are what define Colorado; who will make protecting and providing public access to our land, water, and wildlife a top priority; who will support our recreation economy and ranching; and who believes that we can have energy development on Colorado lands if we manage it in a balanced way and prioritize wind and solar power. 45 10 40 88

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Colorado

Focus Groups

The video shows brief highlights from focus groups among swing voters in Jefferson County, Colorado.



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Posted by Center for Western Priorities on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
 


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