Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Nevada Now A Red state
From the LVRJ: In a stunning election, Nevada Republicans swept top state offices Tuesday and ousted U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., as they took control of the state Senate and the Assembly in a low-turnout election marked by greater GOP enthusiasm and Democratic disaffection.
GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, whose political machine and money fueled the GOP victories, enjoyed a landslide re-election with more than 70 percent of the vote against little-known Democrat Bob Goodman.
In his victory speech, the governor said that with Republicans controlling state government and the Legislature he could push his agenda to boost education and diversify the economy, adding jobs to a still-recovering economy.....
Sandoval also congratulated his pick for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Mark Hutchison, R-Las Vegas, calling him a friend. Hutchison overwhelmingly defeated Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, earning at least 60 percent of the vote to 34 percent for her, non-final returns showed.
In his speech, Hutchison said he was standing on the shoulders of giants: Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., who easily won re-election over his Democratic opponent, Erin Bilbray.
“I thank all of those whose shoulders I’ve stood upon,” Hutchison said, his speech punctuated by a booming holler heard over the applause. “We love you too, Mark!”
The mood was somber at for Democrats who gathered at MGM International Resorts.
Bilbray, in her concession speech, acknowledged the overwhelming GOP wave.
“Well, I picked of a heck of a year to run, didn’t I?” Bilbray said, congratulating Heck....
With close to half the vote counted in the attorney general’s race, Republican Adam Laxalt was narrowly leading Ross Miller, the Democratic secretary of state, by 46 percent to 45 percent, extending his lead as rural votes came in.
The secretary of state’s race also was close. State Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, was leading Democrat Kate Marshal 50 percent to 46 percent with half the votes counted.
Republicans won the other two top state constitutional contests, for treasurer and controller.
In the congressional races, Republican Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, R-Mesquite, beat freshman congressman Horsford by a narrow margin, running strong in Clark County and extending his lead as rural votes were counted in the sprawling 4th Congressional District, which includes northern Clark County and all or part of six rural counties.
Horsford, in what sounded like a concession speech to supporters late in the evening, said he called Hardy to wish him well and even managed a shout-out to Bunkerville’s renegade rancher, Cliven Bundy, while describing his Alabama-size district.....
For the Nevada Legislature, the GOP retook control of the Senate, now run by Democrats with a 11-10 seat edge. It came down to the Senate District 9 race with Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, losing to Republican challenger Becky Harris, 44 percent to 56 percent with half the votes counted.
In the 42-member Assembly, Republicans also were poised to take over, well on their way to gaining more than the seven seats needed to take control of the lower house. Democrats had a 27-15 majority.....
Nevada voters also were deciding three ballot issues with the most controversial overwhelmingly defeated. Returns showed Question 3 losing 79 percent to 21 percent. If approved, it would have imposed a 2 percent margin tax on businesses with total annual revenue exceeding $1 million, with proceeds said to fund public schools. http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/elections/nevada-joins-wave-and-now-red-state
In Nevada, there are 2 people who are responsible for the GOP taking both Houses (Assembly and Senate), the basic sweep of statewide races and the defeat of Stephen Horsford: President Obama and Senile/Coward/Liar
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.