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Adam Laxalt wins the Republican nomination for the Nevada Senate

Michelle L. by Price and Ken Ritter

LAS VEGAS ( Associated Press) — Adam Laxalt won the Republican nomination for a crucial Nevada Senate seat on Tuesday, facing a challenge from a political newcomer and a fierce November contest to overthrow incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in a race that established, which could swing into power. US Senate.

Laxalt is the former attorney general of Nevada who had the backing of former President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment. But challenger Sam Brown used the party’s grassroots support to force Laxalt to bring in Trump-world figures for massive spending and late support to call off the primary.

“Together we have made an important step tonight,” Laxalt said at an election night party in Reno, Nevada. “An important step in taking our country back, an important step in taking our great state of Nevada.”

Now with his nomination secure, Laxalt turns to a general election campaign against Cortez Masto in what is expected to be one of the Republican Party’s best chances to flip a seat in the 50-50 Senate this fall. Is.

Nevada is one of several states that held elections on Tuesday, in the middle of a primary session that could reshape American politics. The race gave Trump a chance to gain momentum after another high-profile stumbling block last month in his bid to dominate the GOP for the presidency. For example, a Trump-backed candidate for governor in Georgia was defeated by a margin of 50 points.

In addition to Laxalt’s victory, Trump helped a state legislator in South Carolina oust Rep. Tom Rice, who supported the former president’s second impeachment last year. But in another South Carolina House race, Republican Representative Nancy Mays won her primary, despite Trump recruiting someone to try to sway him.

Speaking to reporters after the results were out, Mays sought to strike a consensus tone, saying, “Whoever is willing to work with me, pledges to work with a full stop.”

For his part, Trump posted a statement on his social media platform, saying Arrington was a “long shot” who ran a “great run.” He congratulated Mace, which he said should easily triumph over the Democrats in the fall.

Still, much of Tuesday’s focus was on Nevada, where the winner will face Democrat Cortez Masto in a GOP Senate contest, which could be the GOP’s best opportunity to regain control of the Senate.

Laxalt is best known in the state for serving four years as Nevada’s attorney general and unsuccessfully campaigning for governor in 2018. He is also the grandson of former US Sen. Paul Laxault.

And perhaps most importantly, in GOP circles, he has a connection to Trump. Laxalt worked on Trump’s re-election campaign and promoted his lies about electoral fraud in the state after the 2020 election. Trump in turn hosted Laxalt for a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, and appeared in a campaign ad for Laxalt.

But the party’s anti-incumbency base overtook Brown, who was badly burned by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, and exposed his personal story in his outlandish crusade.

“I was not born to power,” Brown declared in a recent campaign ad describing how he nearly died in Afghanistan. He then smiles and says, “It turns out I’m hard to kill.”

Brown, to the surprise of many in the state, won the support of the Nevada Republican Party in a convention vote in late April and a straw poll of the Las Vegas-area GOP in a May gathering. Recent polls showed them closing in on Laxalt, although the state is known to be vulnerable to polluters, with a transitory population and many late-shift workers due to the state’s tourism and casino industry.

Both candidates were expected to have an equal chance of defeating Cortez Masto in November, who won his party’s support over several little-known competitors.

“I think Laxalt would be a stronger candidate in general than Brown, but I don’t think that’s a big difference,” said Kenneth Miller, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

That’s because Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the Senate and successor to the late Sen. Harry Reid, is considered one of the weakest Democrats to run for re-election this year.

Democrats, burdened by an unpopular president and rising costs, are facing a rough headwind this year. In Nevada, high gas prices are felt acutely by residents of the sprawling suburbs of Las Vegas or commuters from remote rural areas.

The same factors could risk the re-election of Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Sisolak, who easily secured his party’s nomination and waited for his Republican challenger to emerge from Tuesday’s primary.

In the race for Nevada governor, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is considered a favorite in the crowded field and has earned coveted endorsement from Trump.

The former president notably turned down another Republican candidate in the race, former US Sen. Dean Heller, who was once a critic of Trump and publicly scolded the then-president.

Also challenging Lombardo is Northern Nevada lawyer and former professional boxer Joy Gilbert, who was outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Like Brown in the Senate race, Gilbert has garnered support from the party’s base.

Trump’s false claims of fraud in the 2020 election have been implicated in some of Tuesday’s contests, including a typically little-seen run for Nevada’s secretary of state. Republican Barbara Segawaske, who was condemned by the Nevada GOP for declaring there was no fraud and defending the results accurately, is limited. A crowded field of Republicans, who have embraced “electoral integrity” concerns to varying degrees, are vying to replace them.

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Price reported from Washington.

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For full midterm coverage, follow the Associated Press at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ap_politics.

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