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Nevada Governor’s Race in 2018 Starts Out as a “Toss-Up”

Las Vegas, NV – This week, two major nonpartisan political observers announced new ratings for key 2018 races and both rated Nevada’s open Governor’s race as a pure toss-up. Inside Elections noted that Nevada was a “rare bright spot for Democrats in 2016” and that Trump’s unpopularity here could boost Democrats, while Sabato’s Crystal Ball highlighted the state’s baseline competitiveness as a battleground and the fact that our hyper-partisan Attorney General Adam Laxalt still “isn’t all that well-known.” According to Inside Elections, Nevada starts out as one of just three toss-up Governor’s races next year.

Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales:

“The Silver State was a rare bright spot for Democrats in 2016, when Clinton won the state and the party held Harry Reid’s seat by electing Catherine Cortez-Masto over GOP Rep. Joe Heck. […] Democrats might have to rely on Trump’s unpopularity to win. It worked last cycle. Toss-up.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Geoffrey Skelley and Kyle Kondik: 

“The Silver State governor’s mansion will be open as Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is term-limited. On the Republican side, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) is expected to run — he had $1.5 million sitting in his campaign account at the end of 2016 — but state Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) may also seek the post, possibly setting up a competitive GOP primary. Recent polling suggests that Laxalt isn’t all that well-known after a little over two years in office, and Schwartz may see an opening to confound the seeming favorite. […] Given the state’s baseline competitiveness and the many unknowns, Toss-up seems like the right place to start.”

“Adam Laxalt is the most partisan Attorney General in Nevada’s history, and he has used his office to file frivolous lawsuits, advance his own blind ambition, and push forward his extreme ideological agenda,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesman Stewart Boss. “Adam Laxalt is an incompetent “train wreck” who’s been acting as a personal attorney for his favorite billionaire, and Nevadans won’t reward his unethical behavior abusing his taxpayer-funded office with a promotion next year.”