Of those who went to the polls on Tuesday this week, no one seemed to be in the mood for surprises. The U.S. Senate favorites, Republican Joe Heck and Democrat challenger, former state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, easily advanced to the November general election.
In addition, most incumbent state lawmakers who voted for Gov. Brian Sandoval’s record $1.5 billion 2015 tax package and new commerce tax moved on.
Here in Lincoln County, Cortez Masto easily won gaining 135 votes (75 percent) over three other candidates. Senator Joe Heck was an easy winner over contender Sharon Angle with 74.31 percent, 350 votes to 69 for Angle.
In the race for House of Representatives in District 4, Republican Cresent Hardy topped Mike Monroe with 408 votes to 40. And Suzie Lee had 68 votes to 46 for Lucie Flores on the Democrat side and Ruben Kihuen had 35 votes.
However, around the whole of District 4, Kihuen topped Flores by a count of 12,220 to 7,848 to be able to face off with Hardy in November.
For state Assembly District 36, James Oscarson was elected in a somewhat close race with Tina Trenner, 1,988 votes to 1,855. In Lincoln County, it was 67 to 30 in favor of Oscarson.
Other results in the County had Cathy McAdoo unopposed for bipartisan Board of Regents District 8, 573 votes. For County Commission District A, Dr. Adam Katschke topped former Caliente City Mayor Keith Larson 310 to 161, and in District E, Nathan Katschke edged Scott Wadsworth by a count of 247 to 221.
Mick Lloyd, former Lincoln County Power District general manager, was unopposed for a spot as a Grover C. Dils Hospital Board of Trustee member with 645 votes and Peggy Rowe was unopposed for school district trustee from District C with 589 votes.
According to Lisa Lloyd, Lincoln County Clerk, there are 2,521 registered voters and 476 ballots were cast on Tuesday. 175 were by early voting, 43 absentee and 16 mail-in voting.
As reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, statewide voting was predictably light throughout the day, with no presidential candidates on the slate and a majority of voters casting early or mail-in ballots.
The RJ stated, “Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said she expected overall primary turnout to come in at about 19 percent, on par with the primary in 2014 and in previous presidential years.
Poll workers should expect to be far busier in November, when turnout tends to be three to four times higher than what it is in the primaries, especially when the presidency is up for grabs.
The only recent election that comes close was 2000, when the White House and one Senate seat were up for grabs with no incumbents in play.
Turnout that year went from just under 23 percent in primary to just over 70 percent in the general.
The last two presidential contests in Nevada saw even bigger swings in turnout from the primary to the general. In 2008 and 2012, fewer than 19 percent of registered voters cast primary ballots, but turnout surged to more than 80 percent in the general.”