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Major-Election Denier Adam Laxalt Wins Nevada GOP Senate Primary

Adam Laxault, a “Big Lie” advocate backed by Donald Trump, won the Nevada GOP Senate primary on Tuesday.

Laxalt, who easily defeated Army veteran Sam Browne for the Republican nomination, is hoping to oust Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, one of the weakest Senate Democrats in this cycle. A GOP pickup in Nevada would seriously jeopardize Democratic control of the Senate next year.

Since the 2020 election, Laxalt has emerged as a champion of Trump’s election fraud lies, especially among Republican Senate candidates. Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general who served as co-chair of Trump’s campaign, filed several lawsuits on behalf of Trump aides seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.

Laxalt has suggested he could challenge the results of his own race if he loses in November.

“With me on top of the ticket, we’re going to be able to get everyone on the table and come up with a full plan, do our best to secure this election, as many observers as we can, and file lawsuits early.” Do, if there are lawsuits we can file to try to strengthen the election.” In August Laxalt told a local radio host,

In the op-ed of November 2020 Las Vegas Review-JournalLaxalt argued without evidence that Nevada election officials “contained thousands of illegal votes, among other unfair votes, consisting of a combination of dead voters, out-of-state voters, double voters (who vote in Nevada and another state). ” Tabulated. ,

Laxalt has flip-flopped in his broad criticism of Nevada’s mail-in voting system, telling crowds in urban Democratic counties that voting by mail is not safe, Urging supporters in rural counties Where Republicans marginalize their neighbors to vote absentee.

Laxalt, the son of former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenicali and grandson of Nevada Sen. Paul Laxault, last ran for office in 2018, when he lost the gubernatorial race to Democrat Steve Sisolak.

This time, his election-negative rhetoric did not cost him the support of the party’s founding wing. Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, see him as their best opportunity to oust Cortez Masto.

Nevada is still a purple state with elections often decided by a close margin. Biden defeated Trump by less than three points in 2020. Cortez Masto had won by almost the same margin four years earlier.

Democrats face a challenging political climate this year, with voters focused heavily on the skyrocketing cost of living. Cortez Masto, who was elected in 2016 and was the first Latina senator, has sought to address these concerns by pushing for legislation to offset higher gas and health care prices.

But a troubling economic picture and Biden’s poor approval rating could dampen Cortez Masto’s chances. Republicans are already seeing positive signs in the race, such as increased enthusiasm among GOP voters and a Democratic voters accelerated to change their registration to the party.

The upcoming Supreme Court decision to back Rowe v. Wade could also affect the Senate race in Nevada, where abortion rights are codified into law. Laxalt has said he will leave the issue to the individual states, even if they have a history To advocate against abortion access.

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