The Nevada Senate race was won by Democrat Harry Reid.
Defeated was a candidate accused of nationalistic populism, Sharon Angle.
The vote totals by region tell the story:
Las Vegas Metro (Clark County) [65% of state votes]
Rest of State [35% of state votes]
A candidate appealing to implicit nationalism was defeated by the voters of Las-Vegas, among the most rootless places on Earth.
Forcibly-seceding Las Vegas Metro? I wonder if there’s any talk in Nevada of doing so: Making it its own “city-state”, a special district, stateless. Or its own state: It’s got 2-million people now. Is there any precedent for this? I don’t know. But state politics from here on out will forever be a Las-Vegas game, otherwise. “Nevada”, forever subordinate to the will of the faceless, deracinated mass of “Las-Vegas”. That just doesn’t seem right.
I did not realize how much Las-Vegas Metro Area [Clark County] now dominates the state. Looking at historical population figures for Clark County vs. the entire state:
1940: 15% of Nevada’s total population lived in Clark County
2009: 72%. (It also has more non-citizen foreigners, so it had only 65% of votes cast).
Metro Areas as City States
Back to the secession idea. Las-Vegas now controls the destiny of Nevada. Nevada state politics no longer represent Nevadans, but the distant tyranny of Las-Vegas-ers. This is a good argument for “dissolving the political bands” which connect one region with another, indeed the classic argument for such, invoked in 1776.
There is a larger question here. Perhaps all the large, million-plus metro areas should be severed from their states. Make them independent entities of their own. That would make more sense. Wouldn’t it?