Tuesday’s primary election clearly didn’t excite Nevada voters. Statewide, turnout was a weak 19 percent. In Clark County, it was slightly worse at 16 percent. Despite the overall absence of enthusiasm, however, two important results are instructive.
First, in the night’s biggest surprise, two-term state Sen. John Lee of North Las Vegas lost to Democratic newcomer Patricia Spearman. Sen. Lee was targeted for removal by a handful of far-left organizations because he believes taxes can, in fact, be too high, and that people should be able to own firearms. For the better part of four years, liberals have complained that Republicans have purged their ranks of moderates in favor of Tea Party extremists. Then progressives mobilize to throw out one of the moderate Democrats in Carson City.
Second, in the Clark County School Board nonpartisan District A primary, businessman Kevinn Donovan and incumbent Trustee Deanna Wright advanced to a November runoff. Ms. Wright survived a barrage of attacks from the Clark County Education Association, the local teachers union that has made clear its desire to run reform-minded Superintendent Dwight Jones out of town. The union’s favored candidate in the race, ex-CCEA President Mary Ella Holloway, was eliminated, losing to Ms. Wright by 136 votes. Henderson-area voters clearly saw through the union’s destructive campaign in what amounted to a vote of support for Mr. Jones’ approach.
On to the general election campaign.