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Election 2014: The race for Nevada governor, attorney general and control of the Senate

Joe Heck election night 2014

L.E. Baskow

Republican Rep. Joe Heck celebrates his victory over Democrat Erin Bilbray in the 3rd Congressional District during a Republican party at Red Rock Resort on Election Night on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 | 2:34 a.m.

Nevada Republicans Election Night Watch Party

Sen. Mark Hutchison is pumped up as Nevada Republicans gathered to help celebrate his win as Lt. Governor at the New Nevada Lounge in the Red Rock Casino on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Launch slideshow »

Democrat Election Night at MGM Grand

Congressional candidate Erin Bilbray gets a hug from her sister Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod after a concession speech during an election-night party for Democrats at MGM Grand on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Her husband Dr. Noah Kohn is at left. Bilbray was challenging Republican Congressman Joe Heck. Launch slideshow »

The big theme: Republicans win big in Nevada and across the nation. The scale and thoroughness of the Republican victories across Nevada have rarely, if ever, been seen before. "We are turning the country red," Rep. Joe Heck told a crowd of supporters tonight.

The early election results in bullet points:

** Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate

** Republicans took control of the Nevada Senate and the Assembly

** Republicans won a clean sweep of all six statewide seats. Gov. Brian Sandoval coasted to a second term. Mark Hutchison easily won the lieutenant governor's seat. Barbara Cegavske topped Democrat Kate Marshall for secretary of state. Dan Schwartz won the state treasurer race and Ron Knecht will be the next state controller.

** In the tightest statewide race, Democrat Ross Miller conceded the attorney general's race to Republican Adam Laxalt about 11:30 p.m.

** Assemblyman Cresent Hardy recorded a surprising win over Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in the 4th Congressional District.

** In the other competitive House race, Rep. Joe Heck won a seat for his third term to represent Las Vegas suburbs such as Boulder City and Henderson. This was once one of the state's most competitive races, as voter registration between parties is actually even. But Democratic candidate Erin Bilbray failed to present a challenge to Heck. "I think this was a very bad year to run," Bilbray said tonight. "It was a very bad year for Democrats. Americans and Nevadans are upset, and the way that they chose to exercise being upset was by not voting."

** The other two Nevada U.S. House members won their races. Rep. Dina Titus, a Las Vegas Democrat, beat Republican challenger Annette Teijeiro despite the Republican wave that is sweeping the rest of the state. And in Northern Nevada, Rep. Mark Amodei was buoyed by Republican turnout to win an already easy re-election bid against Democratic challenger Kristen Spees. ​

** Joe Lombardo will be the next Clark County sheriff, one of Nevada's most powerful elected positions, beating out the union's favored candidate, Larry Burns.

** The controversial measure to tax businesses to fund public schools is losing badly.

** The measure to remove a cap on mining taxes is too close to call.

** The measure to create a state appeals court is winning.

Election night parties: Nevada Republicans, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, will be at the Red Rock resort in Summerlin and Democrats will be at the MGM. The Sun's Kyle Roerink will be with Republicans and Ana Ley will be with Democrats. Follow them on Twitter for live updates.

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Ross Miller is joined by his wife, Lesley, as he delivers a concession speech during an election night party for Democrats at the MGM Grand on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Miller was running for Nevada attorney general.


As of 2:21 a.m. Weds., Nov. 5, with all election precincts reporting:

• Governor

Brian Sandoval, Republican, 70.59 percent, 386,535 votes

Bob Goodman, Democrat, 23.88 percent, 130,742 votes

• Lieutenant governor

Mark Hutchison, Republican, 59.48 percent, 324,628 votes

Lucy Flores, Democrat, 33.64 percent, 183,598 votes

• Secretary of state

Barbara Cegavske, Republican, 50.41 percent, 273,872 votes

Kate Marshall, Democrat, 46.14 percent, 250,671 votes

• Attorney general

Adam Laxalt, Republican, 46.21 percent, 251,539 votes

Ross Miller, Democrat, 45.31 percent, 246,671 votes

• Clark County sheriff

Joe Lombardo, 51.17 percent, 154,046 votes

Larry Burns, 48.84 percent, 147,065 votes

• Congressional District 1

Dina Titus, Democrat, 56.84 percent, 45,618 votes

Annette Teijeiro, Republican, 37.88 percent, 30,400 votes

• Congressional District 2

Mark Amodei, Republican, 65.76 percent, 122,575 votes

Kristen Spees, Democrat, 27.91 percent, 52,033 votes

• Congressional District 3

Joe Heck, Republican, 60.76 percent, 88,502 votes

Erin Bilbray, Democrat, 36.12 percent, 52,615 votes

• Congressional District 4

Cresent Hardy, Republican, 48.53 percent, 63,435 votes

Steven Horsford, Democrat, 45.75 percent, 59,800 votes

• Mining tax ballot question

Yes, 49.68 percent, 265,855 votes

No, 50.32 percent, 269,227 votes

• Margin tax ballot question

Yes, 21.25 percent, 115,915 votes

No, 78.75 percent, 429,531 votes

• Clark County Commission District E

Chris Giunchigliani, Democrat, 61.41 percent, 21,639 votes

Joe Thibodeau, Republican, 38.49 percent, 13,596 votes

• Clark County Commission District F

Susan C. Brager, Democrat, 49.76 percent, 24,426 votes

Mitchell T. Tracy, Republican, 44.18 percent, 21,689 votes

• Clark County Commission District G

Mary Beth Scow, Democrat, 50.89 percent, 29,337 votes

Cindy Lake, Republican, 49.11 percent, 28,311 votes

• Clark County district attorney

Steve Wolfson, Democrat, 72.26 percent, 224,920 votes

Raymond James “Jim” Duensing Jr., Libertarian, 27.74 percent, 86,358 votes

• Clark County treasurer

Laura Fitzpatrick, Democrat, 56.21 percent, 181,640 votes

Mike “Doc” Javornicky, Democrat, 43.79 percent, 141,485 votes

• Clark County clerk

Lynn Goya, Democrat, 51.56 percent, 165,064 votes

William Hols, Republican, 48.44, 155,047 votes

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