Clerks Complete Republican Nevada Governor’s Race Recount | New Policies
By GABE STERN, Associated Press/Report for America
RENO, Nev. (AP) — County election officials concluded a two-day statewide ballot recount in Nevada’s GOP primary for governor on Friday and the result did not seemed to change in the two most populous counties in the state, showing second place. Joey Gilbert loses to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo in a crowded field.
The Nevada Secretary of State’s office confirmed Friday afternoon that all 17 counties had completed their recounts. Although officials did not release or comment on the unofficial results, Clark and Washoe counties confirmed that Lombardo beat Gilbert, who paid the recount despite trailing Lombardo by 11 percentage points after the 14 vote. June.
Clark and Washoe counties account for 75% of the votes cast in Nevada’s Republican primary for governor.
Gilbert, who was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 uprising, showed up on a platform partially shaped by baseless allegations of voter fraud and alleged that election officials failed to failed to properly check signatures or monitor ballots and that votes for Lombardo had been “injected”. in the system. He provided no evidence for these allegations.
He said he did not expect the results to change much, but called for the recount to later challenge the election results in court. He has the help of right-wing activist and crypto-businessman Robert Beadles, who unsuccessfully sued Nevada and the state’s second-most populous county for increased election observation in the county.
“All they’re doing is using the same fixed, baked ballots, running them through the same broken machines,” Gilbert said in video filmed outside the Clark County Department of Elections Thursday. “So, am I expecting a lot from this?” No. But that’s part of the process.
The June 14 contest in Nevada proved largely successful for Trump-backed candidates and those who called the 2020 election fraudulent. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt co-chaired Trump’s re-election campaign in Nevada and led unsuccessful legal challenges to overturn the state’s 2020 election results based on false allegations of voter fraud. Secretary of State Jim Marchant told voters at a candidates’ forum in February that their vote “hasn’t counted in decades.”
Although he contested his own race, Gilbert congratulated Laxalt and Marchant on their victories, which were on the same ballot.
Gilbert’s team paid $190,960 to the Nevada secretary of state’s office Friday afternoon before the 5 p.m. deadline, a total based on estimated costs submitted by each of Nevada’s 17 counties.
“We were all preparing for it,” Nye County Clerk Sam Merlino said after submitting a cost estimate last Wednesday. “We all had a feeling there was going to be an election contest or a recount.”
For Republicans, Gilbert’s apparent rejection of the results reflects growing challenges two years after many party members embraced debunked claims of voter fraud. Party leaders want to encourage the vote while appealing to the tens of thousands of people who supported Gilbert and are wary of the election.
The day after the election, state GOP Chairman Michael McDonald – who rejected the 2020 election results – berated Gilbert and said it was time to unite behind Lombardo in a rare case of criticism. of the extreme right within the state party.
“The election is over. It is called. Joe Lombardo won. We need to come together and unite,” he said, calling Gilbert’s reaction “emotional.”
Unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud have already had effects in Nevada. Last week, dozens of angry voters urged county commissioners in Clark and Washoe counties to vote against certification of the counts, describing their own experiences at the polls and repeating the conspiracy theories that nearly derailed certification in New Mexico earlier this month.
Last week, two county commissioners in Esmeralda County conducted a manual count of 317 ballots after the commission delayed initial certification by a day. However, all counties certified the election by Friday’s deadline.
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