Nevada Political Roundup June 10

Welcome to the Tom Clark Solutions news roundup!
Here is where we’ll keep you informed on what is happening in Nevada politics.

Opening remarks

The day we’ve all been waiting for is here. Well, only about 20% of the Electorate has been waiting for this day so they could cast their Primary Election Ballot. ugh. 

We know there are really important races to watch as the returns trickle in tomorrow night and the next day. I’m confident in our election process even if it does take a day or two, I know that the results will be accurate and the process valid. We should all give a hand and thank the hundreds of election workers who have volunteered for this tour of duty. They, along with the registrars, clerks and the Secretary of State’s office have been working hard. I commend them.

As for me, I’m taking a Swift trip to Europe with my Family. The tour guides have Tailored our plans so that we get to relax and, you know, shake it, shake it off for a bit.

I look forward to seeing the results and wish you all a very happy Primary Election Day!

-Tom

Important Dates

Primary ElectionJune 11
General ElectionNovember 5
2025 Legislative SessionFebruary 3

2024 ELECTION

Friday was the last day of the early voting period (May 25 – June 7) for the Primary election. 

Of the 1,997,473 active voters we have in Nevada, 238,466 or 11.9% of active voters, voted during the early voting period. When you break that down by party, 44.5% were DEM, 41.3% were REP and 14.3% were OTHER. While Democrats have the slight edge in early voting (+3.2%), Republicans typically prefer to vote in-person on election day and we expect to see the Democratic advantage dwindle. 

Mail vs In-Person

Mail: 172,922 voters (8.7%) submitted a mail or absentee ballot

  • breakdown by party: 48.6% DEM, 34.8% REP, 16.5% as OTHER

In-Person: 65,544 (3.3%) voters cast their ballot in-person

  • breakdown by party: 33.4% DEM, 58.3% REP, 8.3% OTHER


Typically, there is higher turnout in presidential years. In 2020, the total number of voters who participated in the primary was 481,172 or 29.5% of the active registered voters. If the 2024 turnout is to match 2020’s, nearly 351,000 Nevadans will need to cast their vote tomorrow. Perhaps Trump’s timely visit to Las Vegas this past Sunday will bolster participation. Or long lines and an excessive heat warning could damper the desire to vote in person. Regardless, we will be keeping our eyes open and ear to the ground.

Primary Results will be posted here. While we may not know the final results for every primary on election night, the Secretary of State announced a new guidance to allow for faster election results on election night.  Now, county clerks and registrars can begin tabulating early voting and returned mail ballots beginning on 8 a.m. on election day. Prior to this new guidance, counties could not begin any vote counting or tabulation prior to the polls closing. 

Primary Races we’re watching

U.S. Senate – Republican Primary 
Army veteran Sam Brown, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Adam Laxalt for the GOP NV Senate nomination in 2022, has earned Trump’s endorsement, albeit in the 11th hour, which may help him prevail over Jeff Gunter, who was Trump’s Ambassador to Iceland. Whoever wins this primary will go on to win one of the three Toss-Up Senate races in nation and will help determine which party controls the Senate. 

U.S. Congress District 3 – Republican Primary
Of the 7 candidates vying for the GOP nomination, one will go one to face incumbent Susie Lee in the General for Nevada’s most competitive House seat, which the Cook Political report rates as Lean D.

Nevada Senate District 3 – Democratic Primary
Incumbent Senator Rochelle Nguyen has been targeted by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, one of the most politically influential organizations in southern Nevada, as retribution for voting in favor of SB441 last session, which called for removing daily room cleaning requirements made during the pandemic. 

Nevada Senate District 15 – Democratic Primary
This primary is a race between two well-known candidates in northern Nevada: Angela Taylor, who is endorsed by the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus and served in the Assembly and was president of the Washoe County School Board, is facing off with Naomi Duerr, who has served on the Reno City Council since 2014. This an open seat after Senator Heidi Gansert announced she would not run for re-election.

Assembly District 17 – Democratic Primary
This primary will be a faceoff between Culinary Union backed Linda Hunt and Assembly Democratic Caucus endorsed Mishon Montgomery. The reliably blue seat in North Las Vegas is open after Assemblywoman Claire Thomas opted to run for the open Senate District 1 seat.

Assembly District 21 – Republican Primary
Two years after narrowly losing in the general election, Las Vegas chiropractor Jon Petrick is running again for Assembly District 21, but now faces a serious primary challenge by Governor Lombardo endorsed candidate April Arndt, a retired Henderson police officer and detective.

Washoe County Commission District 4 – Republican Primary
Washoe County is the swingiest county in the swingiest state. Governor Joe Lombardo appointed Clara Andriola to the Commission in 2023. Andriola is seeking to retain her seat against a bevy of election conspiracy theorists, funded and backed by Robert Beadles, a Californian election-fraud crusader. Beadles has the support of two of the five Commissioners already. If Clara Andriola does not win in her primary, the effectiveness, stability, and leadership of the County Commission is in serious jeopardy. 

Here is the link to view our 2024 Election Tracker, that breaks down each race for office with the candidates, their websites and voter registration. 


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