With both party primaries set for Tuesday, strong Democratic candidates are expected to emerge to challenge almost every major statewide office now held by Nevada Republicans, offering Democrats their best shot in years to seize political control over the state. The polls will close at 7:00 p.m. PT.
In January, Democrat Patty Schachtner also had a surprise victory in a state Senate special election, succeeding in another district that had been held by Republicans and went to Trump by 17 points.
Hardy and Horsford will now face each other in a general election that is a top priority for both Democrats and Republicans this cycle. The victor will challenge GOP Representative Dave Brat, who is seen as potentially vulnerable. Comstock faces a conservative GOP challenger, retired Air Force pilot Shak Hill, in her primary.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is seeking a second term, though he wasn't on a ballot Tuesday.
LAS VEGAS-While Nevada's political colors have been shifting from red to blue for two decades now, complete control of the Silver State has eluded Democrats so far. The former state assemblyman, who served from 2011 to 2015, entered the race in mid-January.
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The Democratic candidates have a challenge getting voters to remember their names.
Rosen defeated five fringe candidates, led by Jesse Sbaih, an attorney who loaned himself $2 million and ran to Rosen's left.
In North Dakota and Nevada, voters will set the stage for two of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in November, when Democrats must pick up two seats to capture a Senate majority. Trav Robertson, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, called on Parnell to drop out of the race, saying "his actions, though long ago, directly contradict the values of the Democratic Party".
In Maine, four of seven Democrats running for the open governor's seat are women. "The thousands of Nevadans who are casting their vote for Adam today recognize that as an Iraq war veteran and proven leader, he's the best choice for Nevada's next governor", Laxalt campaign spokesman Parker Briden said. We have consistently argued low "Republican" turnout would likely help incumbent governor Henry McMaster, whose moribund reelection prospects have been temporarily revived by the ferocity of the battle between Lowcountry labor attorney Catherine Templeton and Upstate businessman John Warren.
"Tonight is a good night for Wisconsin Democrats", said state party chair Martha Laning.
Sanford is one of several Republican candidates in 2018 who have faced criticism from the right for speaking out against Trump.