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As Nevada goes …

With Missouri backing the wrong presidential horse this year, the nation’s new bellwethers are a staple and a surprise.
By David Brauer

In the not-local, but I’m-a-nerd department …

Today, the Associated Press called Missouri for John McCain, breaking the state’s 12-election streak of siding with the winner, going back to JFK’s 1960 win.

So who’s the nation’s new bellwether? Not a big shocker — Ohio, whose current streak began with LBJ in 1964.

The new runner-up, though, surprised me a bit: Nevada, whose eight-election string started in 1980’s Reagan landslide.

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Only one state has as many as four straight (Florida), and just two are threepeaters (Colorado and Virginia).

Minnesota? One in a row.