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Several down-ballot races remain too close to call

CARSON CITY — With ballots trickling in to county elections offices across the state, several tight contests in Nevada remain too close to call.

The latest update, which came Thursday just after 9 a.m., saw many of those races get even closer, including a tight race for Clark County Commission and a legislative race where the Democratic leader of the state senate currently trails by fewer than 400 votes.

The secretary of state’s office said Thursday that there are about 190,000 mail-in and provisional ballots that still need to be counted, with about 90 percent in Clark County. That means these races could change significantly depending on where in Southern Nevada those ballots come from.

County Commission

Republican Stavros Anthony continued to cling to a narrow, 1-percentage-point lead in the Clark County Commission District C race. Anthony’s lead over Democratic former Secretary of State Ross Miller was reduced to about 1,700 votes, shrinking by roughly 500 from Wednesday’s tally.

Former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, running for Clark County Commission in District C ...
Former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, running for Clark County Commission in District C, is photographed at Paseos Park in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)

If elected, Anthony would be the lone Republican on the Clark County Commission and the first since former Commissioner Chip Maxfield left the board in 2008.

State Senate

In the race for Senate District 6, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro now trails by about 350 votes behind Republican attorney April Becker, closing the gap by about 200 votes in the most recent batch of ballots. Becker leads by a margin of 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent.

Republican April Becker campaigns for the Nevada state senate from a converted ice cream truck ...
Republican April Becker campaigns for the Nevada state senate from a converted ice cream truck Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. Becker is running against incumbent state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In Senate District 5, Republican Carrie Buck’s lead over Democrat Kristee Watson for the open seat shrunk from about 1,000 votes to 742. Buck’s lead: 49.3 percent to 48 percent.

In Washoe County’s Senate District 15, the Democrats’ best chance of flipping a seat and taking a 14-7 supermajority in the upper chamber appears to be less and less likely. Incumbent Republican Heidi Gansert’s cushion for her re-election has grown to about 2,800 votes over Democrat Wendy Jauaregui-Jackins. Gansert leads by nearly 4 percentage points, 51.9-48.1.

Assembly

On the Assembly side, the competitive races saw less change after Thursday’s results. Democrats hold a supermajority currently, and Republicans need to flip a net of two seats to erase that advantage. Currently, members of the GOP lead in three of the four competitive seats.

Richard McArthur, Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 4, is photographed at ...
Richard McArthur, Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 4, is photographed at the Las Vegas Review-Journal offices on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s

In AD 4, Republican Richard McArthur’s lead over incumbent Democrat Connie Munk grew to more than 2,200 votes, up from 1,375 yesterday morning. His margin sits at 53.1-46.9 over Munk.

In AD 29, incumbent Democrat Lesley Cohen saw her lead grow from about 200 to nearly 400 over Republican challenger Steven Delisle and leads with 50.6 percent to Delisle’s 49.4 percent.

AD 31, the Sparks district, saw little change Thursday. Incumbent Democrat Skip Daly trails Republican Jill Dickman by 1,394 votes, roughly the same as yesterday.

And in AD 37, Republican challenger Andy Matthews’ lead over incumbent Democrat Shea Backus shrunk slightly from roughly 1,200 to 1,065 as of Thursday’s results, with the percentage point margin shrinking from 3.6 to 3.2.

District and Family Court

There were razor-thin margins in three Clark County District Court races slightly favoring incumbents.

Judge Trevor Atkin (50 percent) led by about 1,100 votes over truancy diversion Judge Jessica Peterson (49.9 percent) in Department 8, and incumbent William “Bill” Kephart (50 percent) had a roughly 4,200-vote lead against attorney Crystal Eller in Department 19.

Judge Lloyd D. George's great nephew Trevor Atkin, District Court Judge Department 8, left, and ...
Judge Lloyd D. George's great nephew Trevor Atkin, District Court Judge Department 8, left, and Lucille Monterde, United States probation officer, share stories of Judge George before a police-escorted motorcade arrives at the front of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse to honor Judge George, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal @EliPagePhoto)

In a contest for an open seat, attorney and former police officer Tara Clark Newberry (50.3 percent) led by roughly 400 votes against attorney Jacob Reynolds (49.7 percent) in Department 21.

Three county Family Court races also were shaping up to be decided at the wire.

Family Court Hearing Master Amy Mastin (50.2 percent) was up by less than 2,000 votes against attorney Lynn Hughes (49.8 percent) in Department M; attorney Dawn Throne (50 percent) was eking out a roughly 600-vote lead over attorney Bill Gonzalez in District U; and attorney Heidi Almase (50.1 percent) led against attorney Jim Davis (49.9 percent) by about 1,600 votes in District X.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter. Contact Shea Johnson at sjohnson@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0272. Follow @Shea_LVRJ on Twitter.

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