"Western voters are facing significant issues that have been largely ignored by Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton. At Wednesday’s debate, in the center of the Western swing states, the presidential nominees would be well served to address these issues of critical concern to Western state voters.
This election year only one presidential debate will be held in the Western United States. Wednesday’s debate, being held in Nevada, offers the candidates an opportunity to share their positions on issues of critical concern to Western swing state voters. Failure to address these issues would be political miscalculation by the presidential nominees and would disrespect Western voters.
A recent poll, the 2016 Conservation in the West Poll, found that 75 percent of voters in the West believe that issues involving public lands, waters, and wildlife are important in deciding whether or not to support a candidate, even when compared to other issues like the economy, health care and education. That same poll found that 68 percent of voters think that presidential candidates do not understand these issues. So, Western swing state voters may actually base their vote on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton’s position on issues that they have almost entirely ignored."