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Republican Brian Sandoval Wins Governor's Race

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Sandoval celebrates at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino on election night. Sandoval celebrates at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino on election night.

LAS VEGAS -- Republican Brian Sandoval defeated Democrat Rory Reid to become the first Hispanic governor in Nevada's history.

"Tonight is a great ending to a tough campaign," he told his supporters in a victory speech Tuesday night. Sandoval called Reid a tough opponent with class and dignity.

Sandoval who is a former federal judge served as the state's attorney general in 2002. He left his appointment as a federal judge to challenge Gov. Jim Gibbons.

In his concession speech, Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid said the race may be over but he will continue to fight for the state of Nevada.  "Treat our new governor with respect and his family with dignity," he said.

Both men took an anti-tax stance during the campaign. Sandoval said he will continue state worker furloughs and consolidation in government to cut costs.

Sandoval, who is 47-years-old, is inheriting a budget shortfall of $3 billion. Nevada is also leading the nation in foreclosures and unemployment.

"We can and we must join forces to get Nevada working together again. We are going to grow our small businesses, we're gong to bring new employers to our state and we are going to improve our education and graduation rate in  the state of Nevada. We are going to keep our taxes low and fundamentally change the way we spend state money," said Sandoval.

Sandoval said he was humbled by the voters expression of confidence in him. He ended his speech on a up note, "Nevada's best days are yet to come."

 

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