Nevada Holds State, Mayoral, and Local Primaries
Nevada is holding gubernatorial, state legislative, and mayoral primaries on Tuesday. Polls closed at 7 p.m. local time and 10 p.m. ET. Nevada’s elections are held primarily by mail, so results may take longer to be tallied. Follow along for primary election results below.
Nevada has a closed primary system that requires a voter to declare a party affiliation before election day. Voters may only vote for candidates from their own party. Any voter may vote in nonpartisan contests.
If incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak defeats Tom Collins, the only other Democrat on the ballot, Sisolak will likely face Republican Joe Lombardo in November. Lombardo, the Clark County sheriff, was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and remains a favorite in the Republican gubernatorial primary that features a 15-candidate ballot.
Sisolak, who assumed office in 2019, was the first Democrat to serve as governor of Nevada since Gov. Bob Miller left office in 1999. The Cook Political Report classified the race a “toss-up.”
Nevada mayoral primaries:
AB 50, the new state law that mandates local elections to reflect the statewide election schedule, makes Henderson Mayor Debra March ineligible to run for reelection. She is on the ballot as a candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada in 2022.
Three candidates are on the ballot to fill March’s position, including Michelle Romero, a member of the Henderson City Council whose campaign has raised over $500,000, an all-time record for a candidate running for mayor of Henderson, a city of more than 300,000 people just outside of Las Vegas.
Ten candidates are vying to unseat incumbent Mayor Hillary Schieve in the race for mayor of Reno in a nonpartisan primary election. Of the 11 mayoral candidates, five have run for mayor in the past — Chad Denhe, Eddie Lorton, William Mantle, Schieve and Jesse Razo — according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
If elected come November, Schieve will serve her third and final term as mayor of this city of about 250,000 people, which bills itself as “the biggest little city in the world.”
North Las Vegas:
It’s a 7-candidate race to replace Mayor John Jay Lee as mayor of North Las Vegas. A new state law that requires all Nevada municipalities to hold elections in even-numbered years just extended Lee’s term by a year, but he is instead choosing to run in the state’s gubernatorial race.
Some of the candidates running to fill Lee’s seat include city councilmember Pamela Goynes-Brown, Nevada Board of Regents member Laura Perkins, state senator Patricia Spearman and entrepreneur Robert Taylor, also known as “Twixx.”
Nevada state legislative primaries:
In addition to mayoral and gubernatorial elections, the state is also holding primaries for the Nevada State Senate and the Nevada State Assembly. Each of the state assembly’s 42 seats are up for election, as are 11 of 21 seats in the state senate.