Breaking down the political geography of Nevada and South Carolina

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  • The presidential campaign circus now rolls on into the next two frontiers: Nevada and South Carolina
  • We spoke experts in both states and found that they each can effectively be divided into three distinct regions

(CNN)Iowa and New Hampshire are in the rear-view mirror and neither party is a lot closer to having their nominee -- much less a decisive frontrunner. The circus now rolls on into the next two frontiers: Nevada and South Carolina.

We spoke experts in both states and found that they each can effectively be divided into three distinct regions.
    In Nevada, Jon Ralston is a veteran political journalist who's reported in Las Vegas and around the state for 30 years. "Nevada is essentially three states," he said. "Two urban areas [Las Vegas and Reno] ... and then rural Nevada, which is the other 15 counties." Las Vegas is the Democratic stronghold, rural Nevada is deeply conservative and Washoe County (home to Reno and Sparks) is the sole swing county.
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    Catch up with the videos to learn more about the next political battlegrounds after Iowa and New Hampshire.