Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 | 6:40 a.m.
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:
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
Ds: 24,237 (28.1 percent)
Rs: 27,444 (31.5 percent)