Laxalt, Sisolak to face off in Nevada governor's race

Laxalt, Sisolak to face off in Nevada governor's race
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Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) will face off against Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak (D) in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) in November.
Laxalt, who cast himself as an archconservative when he won his first run for statewide office four years ago, coasted through the Republican primary on Tuesday, outlasting state Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) and a handful of lesser-known candidates.
Sisolak faced a far stronger challenge from fellow Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (D). With 56 percent of the precincts reporting, Sisolak led by a 51 to 38 percent margin.
Giunchigliani challenged Sisolak from the left, making an issue of Sisolak’s support for public funding of a new NFL stadium that will host the Raiders. She also benefited from a late endorsement from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE, who recorded a robocall that went out to Democratic voters over the past weekend.
But Sisolak touted his support for the Vegas Golden Knights, the city’s new NHL franchise that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year. Sisolak ran advertising during the Knights’ improbable playoff run, capitalizing on the popularity of the city’s first major sports team.
In an address to supporters Tuesday night, Laxalt called Sisolak a "career politician who has spent decades complaining about the problems, and little time getting to work on the solutions." He cast November's election as a choice between "real solutions or a radical agenda that would take our unique state the way of California."
Laxalt begins the sprint to November with a hefty cash advantage, after Sisolak spent more than $6.3 million to win his primary. Laxalt has raised about $6.7 million since the beginning of 2017 and spent about $3 million, according to filings with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.
Democrats are trying to end a two-decade-long dry spell in Nevada, where Republicans have held the governorship since Kenny Guinn won election in 1998. The party failed to recruit a top-tier challenger to Sandoval, who took 70 percent of the vote when he ran for reelection in 2014.
But this year, Democrats hope Sisolak can break the spell, in part because Nevada is home to so many of the party’s other top priorities. Both parties will spend heavily on the race between Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Jacky Rosen hits Dean Heller over health care in first negative ad GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh MORE (R) and Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Jacky Rosen hits Dean Heller over health care in first negative ad Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race MORE (D). Open House seats held by Rosen and Rep. Ruben KihuenRuben Jesus Kihuen BernalDanny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary Laxalt, Sisolak to face off in Nevada governor's race Two former Nevada congressmen set for rematch MORE (D), both in the Las Vegas market, are likely to be top targets as well.
— This report was updated at 7:24 a.m.