Nevada election: Catherine Cortez Masto hails decisive Senate victory over Adam Laxalt


Josh Marcus and Johanna Chisholm

Sun, 13 November 2022 at 6:58 pm

One of America’s most contested midterm races, between Adam Laxalt and Catherine Cortez Masto, has come to a head in Nevada.

On Saturday evening it was finally confirmed that Republican Mr Laxalt had narrowly lost to Democratic incumbent Ms Cortez Masto in the Senate race.

Mail-in ballots were being counted through Saturday, while a deadline loomed to cure ballots. But projections by news channels that a new batch of votes from Clark County had given the Democrat incumbent an insuperable lead were quickly confirmed by the Associated Press.

In the race for Nevada governor, incumbent Democrat Steve Sisolak was beaten by Republican challenger Joe Lombardo. the Associated Press called the race for Mr Lombardo on Friday.

Key Points

Nevada mail-in ballots continue to arrive with large margins for Democrats

Thursday 10 November 2022 14:51 , Megan Sheets

As mail-in ballots continued to be counted in Nevada, the tightening race in the Senate appeared to close some of Republican Adam Lexalt’s lead over Democratic challenger Catherine Cortez Masto.

“In Senate race, combined results from Lyon, Nye and Washoe have reduced Laxalt’s lead to under 16,000,” tweeted Jon Ralston, CEO, The Nevada Independent, late Wednesday night local time.

“Washoe mail was huge for CCM, as she turned a 5K deficit there to a 400-vote lead. The urban mail is coming in with large margins for Dems,” he added, noting that the votes likely wouldn’t be tabulated till Thursday.

“This is where the Senate race is right now, with 100K-plus mail ballots still to be counted in Clark and Washoe,” he tweeted, while sharing a screenshot of the race results that showed Mr Laxalt ahead with 15,812 to Ms Cortez Masto.

US midterms: Who won, who lost and what we know so far

Thursday 10 November 2022 14:52 , Megan Sheets

As the results continue to roll in from the midterm elections, it quickly became clear that the contest had been much closer than expected and the outcome more nail-biting and unpredictable than many had foreseen.

The Republicans appear close to securing a majority in the House of Representatives at the time of writing and could yet sneak an advantage in the Senate too, which would allow them to play havoc with Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.

But the “red tsunami” that many blustering conservative commentators had confidently forecast was about to level Washington DC has most certainly not materialised.

South Carolina GOP senator Lindsey Graham admitted as much when he was asked by NBC what he had seen play out and answered dryly: “Definitely not a Republican wave, that is for darn sure.”

Here, The Independent provides all the latest results from the races and breaks down who, who lost and what’s still to be decided.

US midterms: Who won, who lost and what we know so far

Why the Nevada race is so important

Thursday 10 November 2022 14:53 , Megan Sheets

In an Editor’s Letter prior to Election Day, The Independent’s Eric Garcia outlined why the Nevada race between Adam Laxalt and Catherine Cortez Masto:

“Nevada doesn’t get as much attention as other states, because outside of Las Vegas and Reno, it is largely seen as rural and desert – and it only has six electoral votes. But that doesn’t mean it is unimportant. In fact, I’ve been keeping an eye on the state ever since the Nevada caucuses in the 2020 Democratic primary, when eventual President Joe Biden posted a weak second place against Bernie Sanders. Sanders won thanks to an aggressive Latino outreach in the state.

“I began telling anyone who would listen (and many who wouldn’t) that this meant Biden could underperform with Latino voters in the presidential election, too. This would be borne out when Donald Trump improved his margin with the group and Biden barely won Nevada in 2020 – to say nothing of Trump’s strength in south Texas and Miami, where there are also high amounts of Latino voters.

“Now, in the 2022 midterms, Nevada faces perhaps the tightest and perhaps most consequential races with Adam Laxalt facing Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto; Governor Steve Sisolak facing Republican Sheriff Joe Lombardo; and election-denying Republican Jim Marchant facing Democrat Cisco Aguilar.”

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In the US midterm elections, it all comes down to Nevada

Will the drought influence Senate races in Arizona and Nevada?

Thursday 10 November 2022 15:18 , Josh Marcus

If Democrats want to keep control of the Senate, the races in Arizona and Nevada are seen as must-wins.

One issue that may drive the result in these closely watched elections is the ongoing megadrought aross the Southwest, imperiling water access for millions and threatening to disrupt agriculture across the region.

Water cuts in Southwest as government protects drought-hit Colorado River

Things have gotten so bad that the federal government has stepped in to mandate water cuts from states drawing from the Colorado River.

So how does this impact the Senate?

Well, in Arizona, Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly has lobbied the Biden administration ease the cuts on his home state—and he’s been attacked by his GOP rival Blake Masters for not doing enough about the state’s water crisis.

In Nevada, Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto was part of a group of senators who secured $4bn in drought funding as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Groups like EDF Action, the political arm of the Environmental Defense Fund, have spent millions touting these efforts to voters.

“It’s easy for politicians to grandstand, it’s harder for elected officials to really be problem solvers,” David Kieve, the president of EDF Action and a former member of the Biden administration’s White House Council on Environmental Quality, told Grist. “When they do, their constituents are going to notice and it’s going to be of benefit to them politically.”

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