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November 20, 2019

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Democrats surge in Clark County, blunt GOP gains for first time

For the first time in 13 days, Republicans lost ground in Clark County in turnout percentage, but with a small gain in Washoe County managed to maintain a 4 percent turnout edge statewide.

The Democratic effort in Clark County on Thursday produced its first victory in Southern Nevada – by a minuscule .1 percent but it blunted the GOP surge. The Democrats now have a nearly 21,000 raw vote lead in Clark County, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must build enough of a cushion to withstand losses in rural Nevada.

Republicans have a 3,000-vote lead in Washoe County, but Democrats remain confident Sharron Angle is losing her base in northern Nevada – the margin either way in Washoe could be pivotal to this race.

So the last day could give us a sign of what’s to come on Election Day: Are the Democrats building to a surge to blunt that GOP edge, or was Thursday an aberration? We will know more after Friday’s tally.

Total Clark early voting percentages relative to registration:

Democrats: 30.7 percent

Republicans: 34.8 percent

Total Clark with mail ballots added (Democrats now have a 2,200-ballot lead):

Democrats: 34.9 percent

Republicans: 39.6 percent

Total urban early vote:

Democrats: 127,294 (30.2 percent)

Republicans: 112,252 (33.9 percent)

Total urban early vote (including absentees in Clark):

Democrats: 141291 (33.5 percent)

Republicans: 123,988 (37.5 percent)

For numbers geeks:

CLARK:

Thursday: Dems, 11,701 Rs, 8,297 rest, 4,151

Early: Dems, 103,057; Rs, 84,808 rest, 36,313

Mail: Dems, 13,997; Rs, 11,736 rest, 3,746

Combined: Dems, 117,054 Rs, 96,544 rest, 40,059

WASHOE:

Ds: 24,237 (28.1 percent)

Rs: 27,444 (31.5 percent)

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