Nevada went mostly Republican in the statewide general elections this week. Around the Silver State Governor Brian Sandoval won reelection in a landslide, 70.5 percent to 23.8 for Democrat Bob Goodman.
Adam Laxalt won the Attorney General’s office with a very close win over former Secretary of State Ross Miller. Laxalt’s margin was 46.2 percent to 45.3 percent for Miller.
Mark Hutchison won the race for Lt. Governor with 59.4 percent over Democrat Lucy Flores with 33.6 percent.
Cresent Hardy topped Democrat incumbent Steven Horsford in the race for the 4th Congressional District. Horsford had been elected in 2012.
Barbara Cesgavske won the Secretary of State position over Kate Marshall, 50.4 percent to 46.1 percent.
Dan Schwartz won the race for State Treasurer over Kim Wallin, 51.4 percent to 41.4 percent.
Ron Knecht for State Controller won handily over Andrew Martin, 52.5 percent to 37.6.
Ballot measure 3, a question that claimed it would raise money for education through a 2 percent tax on revenue on business, was soundly defeated 429,531 No (78.7 percent) to 115,915 Yes (21.2 percent).
Question 2, to amend the state constitution to remove the cap on mining and minerals taxation, lost in a close race 269,277 No, (50.3 percent), to 265,855 Yes, (49.6 percent).
And Question 1, to create an additional Court of Appeals, was approved 287,241 Yes (53.7 percent) to 247,007 No (46.2 percent).
Both State Assemblymen James Oscarson and John Ellison who represent Lincoln County were re-elected, as they ran unopposed.
Statewide, observers said this was the lowest voter turnout for a general election since 1978, with 45.5 percent, according to the secretary of state’s office. The previous reported low was 49 percent in 1998.
However, in Lincoln County, there was a good voter turnout. Clerk Lisa Lloyd said 1,627 of 2,691 registered voters went to the polls in the county, 60.4 percent. She did not have the figures for the breakdown between how many from each party.
As they did elsewhere in Nevada, Republican candidates in Lincoln County fared well. Challenger Mark Holt topped Democrat Melanie McBride in the only contested county race, 1,022 to 590.
County Clerk Lisa Lloyd, Commissioners Kevin Phillips and Paul Donohue, District Attorney Daniel Hooge, and Treasurer Shawn Frehner, all Republicans, were each running unopposed, and all were re-elected.
Leslie Boucher, a Democrat for County Recorder/Auditor, was reelected. Challenger David Severns’ name was on the ballot, but he withdrew from the race after the ballots had been printed. Still, the vote count had Boucher with 917 and Severns with 613.
County voters turned down all the ballot measures. Results below:
Lincoln County had a total of 1,627 voters (60.43 percent), down from the 2012 general election which saw 2,155 (77.07 percent) people show up to the polls.