Well, folks, it’s that time again. Every two years we endure months of political ads, mailers and debates leading up to election day which is only a month away. This year, Nevada elections are very tight which means each and every vote is important. The Review Journal recently cited a poll from Emerson College Polling which showed the races in Nevada for U.S. Senate and governor are pretty much tied.
In the U.S. Senate seat we have incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto (D) with 41 percent of the vote going up against former Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) with 42 percent of the vote, within the 3 percent margin of error in polls. The survey was conducted in early September with about 1,000 likely voters. Those not accounted for in the numbers just mentioned are either undecided or plan to vote for someone else.
Cortez Masto, also a former Attorney General for the state of Nevada, has held her seat in the Senate since 2017. She has been vocal in her opposition to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and supported the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act. The act will cost approximately $437 billion to implement and, despite its name, will not reduce inflation but will likely have the opposite effect. The Congressional Budget Office said the bill will have “a negligible effect” on inflation in 2022 and in 2023 its impact would range between reducing inflation by 0.1% or possibly raising inflation by the same amount.
Adam Laxalt has been focused on these economic issues in his race and has vehemently opposed huge spending bills like the Inflation Reduction Act. He’s also consistently supported pro-life topics and celebrated the return of state choice in abortion with regard to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Laxalt served as Attorney General in Nevada for four years from 2015 to 2019. He’s been clear on his support for voting reform and better immigration policies while opposing COVID shutdowns in the state.
While the Senate race is neck and neck, if possible, the race for governor is even tighter. Incumbent Governor Steve Sisolak (D) and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (R) are tied at 40 percent as of that early-September poll. Lombardo had been challenging Sisolak on nearly every issue, vocally slamming the way he’s handled education in Nevada in particular. Sisolak was voted governor in Nevada in 2019 after a decade as Clark County Commissioner. Lombardo has consistently been voted into the nonpartisan position of Clark County Sheriff in every election since 2014.
CALL TO ACTION: Your vote matters, absolutely. Take advantage of your rights as a U.S. citizen and go vote in the election this year. With races this tight, it will come down to individual votes to decide the future of Nevada and possibly the nation. I personally will be voting for both Laxalt and Lombardo because I hope to see a wave of change in the next few years. I’ve seen our leaders make misstep after misstep since they’ve been elected, and I’m done issuing second chances. We need new leaders who aren’t so tied into their government roles that they no longer appreciate those they represent. Go vote and, if you want change like I do, vote out the ineffective incumbents.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”