Final early voting numbers suggest major edge for Democrats in Clark County


With 628,771 Nevadans voting during the two-week early voting period ending Friday night, the turnout suggests Democrats in Clark County have built a major edge prior to Election Day.

With absentee ballots and mail precincts included, 191,151 registered Democrats voted in Clark County (45.1 percent) compared to 143,947 Republicans (33.9 percent).

"To see so many people voting is heartening, and I hope it continues on Election Day," UNLV history Professor Michael Green told News 3 today. "It's certainly good news for Democrats, if the overwhelming majority stuck to party lines. It's also a change from 2014, when Republicans had a great deal more success than Democrats did."

Statewide, the final early voting/absentee/mail precincts totals are in line with the pre-election registration totals where Democrats have a 5 percentage-point lead.

There were 260,444 registered Democrats (41.4 percent) casting ballots compared to 238,062 Republicans (37.9 percent).

In the total turnout for the two weeks, 40.3 percent of the Nevada electorate cast votes -- 628,771 counting all ballots. There are 1,560,928 registered voters in Nevada.

In the 2014 midterm election, 266,537 of the state's 1,212,327 registered voters cast ballots during early voting.

Michael Green, Political Analyst and Professor, said, "I think it may be a sign of what will happen Tuesday night. At the same time there are conservative Democrats out there that vote Republican. There are Republicans out there who switch. Another thing to watch while turnout was high in Washoe and Democrats did well there."

All Nevada polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If a person is in line at closing time they are allowed to cast their vote.

The final push

Candidates in the battleground state of Nevada are making a final push for votes where Republican Sen. Dean Heller is the only GOP incumbent senator up for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.

The governor's mansion also is up for grabs and two key open House seats currently held by Democrats are considered toss-ups.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy planned an appearance Saturday at the GOP's Summerlin field office in Las Vegas with former Rep. Cresent Hardy. He's in a rematch with ex-Rep. Steven Horsford in southern Nevada's 4th District, where incumbent Democrat Ruben Kihuen decided against seeking re-election in the face of sexual misconduct allegations.

Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is rallying with volunteers in Henderson in her bid to unseat Heller. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak has a series of events with union leaders in Las Vegas.

For a full list of the valley's vote center locations click here.

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