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Latest vote counts extend leads in tight state and local races

Updated November 9, 2020 - 11:09 am

Leaders in tight state and local races in Clark County extended slim leads in results reported Monday morning.

In the open Senate District 5 race, Democrat Kristee Watson moved to a 173-vote lead over Republican Carrie Buck, a 0.2-percentage-point margin. The two candidates have split nearly 62,000 votes with the final result still pending.

In Senate District 6, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro is 841 votes ahead of Republican April Becker, giving her a 1.4 percentage point lead, 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent threshold; 64,000 ballots have been counted between them.

Unless those results change, the state Senate is likely to maintain its current 13-8 Democratic majority.

In the Assembly, Republicans still lead in three races that, if they win, would deny Democrats their current 29-13 supermajority..

Republican Richard McArthur maintained a comfortable lead over incumbent Democrat Connie Munk in AD4 as did Republican Jill Dickman in Washoe County’s District 31 race against incumbent Skip Daly.

In AD 37, Republican challenger Andy Matthews’ lead over incumbent Democrat Shea Backus contracted again to 556 votes, but he still led by 1.4 percentage points.

If those margins hold, the 2021 Assembly will be 26 Democrats and 16 Republicans.

In the Clark County Commission District C race, Democrat Ross Miller, who overtook Republican Stavros Anthony on Sunday, expanded his lead to 509 votes or 0.4 percentage points.

Ballot Question 1, which would have removed the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents from the state constitution, was still failing, but by a very close margin: just about 12,ooo votes out of 1.1 million cast. The breakdown: No, 50.5 percent, yes 49.5 percent.

Overall, the voter turnout stood at 1.34 million ballots cast, or 73.4 percent of all active registered voters. Nearly half of those ballots were cast by mail, with 40.4 percent cast during in-person early voting and about 10 percent cast in-person on Election Day.

Thursday is the deadline for ballot counting in Nevada.

Contact Capital Bureau reporter Bill Dentzer at bdentzer@reviewjournal.com. Follow @DentzerNews on Twitter.

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