The race for the prized Nevada Senate seat fell to the wire as Republican nominee Adam Laxalt looks to hold onto his shrinking lead on Saturday.
“Here’s where we are – we only won 862 votes,” he said in a tweet on Saturday. “The race will come down to 20-30,000 Clark ballots on Election Day.”
Laxalt, who faces incumbent Democratic Senator Cortez Masto, said the narrow margins were due to mail-in ballots cast in Clark County, home to Vegas residents, and which were still counted.
Laxalt acknowledged the tight race and said mail-in ballots were coming in with higher margins in favor of Democrats than his campaign had originally anticipated.
“If it’s GOP speakers or slightly leaning on DEM, we can always win,” he added. “If they continue to have a strong trend at DEM, it will overtake us.
“Thank you for all the prayers of millions of Nevadans and Americans who hope that we can still take back the Senate and begin to take back our country,” he told his supporters.
Republicans saw tighter races that they didn’t expect up-and-down polls in the United States, including in Nevada where Laxalt was favored to win ahead of Tuesday’s election and took an immediate substantial lead over Cortez Masto.
But as ballots continued to be counted in urban Nevada, Cortez Masto saw a surge in support and the vote difference between the GOP and Democratic candidates plummeted. briefly below 800 votes Friday night.
Saturday is the last day Nevada allows mail-in ballots to be accepted and voters have until Monday to correct any clerical errors on their ballots under the state’s “cure” system. State.
Nevada, as in 2020, will be a pivotal state in determining who wins the Senate majority as the GOP seeks to gain control from the Democrats.
Democrats and Republicans are evenly split as both parties won 49 seats in the upper house, but Democrats only need to win one more seat before they can gain majority rule due to the powers of vote given to Vice President Kamala Harris.
The Republicans will have to win Nevada and Georgia to take the majority from their fellow Democrats.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.