High-profile races turn out big surprises as Dems flip numerous seats

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Nevada voters experienced a lot of delays on Election Day. In fact, Nevada was one of the last states to start getting in results. The last person in Clark County voted at after 9 p.m., which is two hours after the polls closed.

But, after the delays, election returns finally began pouring in late last night.

In 2016, Nevada went blue, while Republicans picked up gains elsewhere across the country.  But when it comes to the 2018 election, Democrats near-sweep of the ‘Silver State’ was not a surprise.

However, a few big races ended with a more significant spread than many anticipated.

The senate race was one of the most closely-watched in the country since the 2016 election.  Democrats have had their eyes on flipping this seat, and on Tuesday night that’s exactly what they did.

The race was very contentious, but in the end, Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen unseated incumbent United States Senator, Republican Dean Heller, by a 5 percent margin.

Both were gracious toward each other in their speeches after the results came in. 

“I called up Jacky Rosen and congratulated her on a great race,” said Heller.  “Congratulated her on what she did, what her party was able to achieve; not just my race, but all the way down that ballot.” 

“We talked about the race,” Rosen said. “No, I appreciate that. He served this state for 30 years, and so I want to thank him for his service to our state and his gracious call and to help with the transition in our office. That’s what we’d call a mensch.”  

A mensch is Yiddish and translates to a “good person.”

In the governor’s race, it was a little tighter, but Democrat Steve Sisolak sits at a full four percent advantage over Republican Adam Laxalt.

Open seats in Congressional Districts 3 and 4 stayed in Democratic hands.  In Northern Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei is the only GOP member of our federal delegation after his re-election last night.

Democrats also retained their control of the legislature and built a super-majority in the Assembly.  They also won five of the six constitutional offices with GOP Secretary of State Barbary Cegavske retaining her seat.

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