The following Bottom Lines have been updated following this week's primaries in Nevada and South Carolina
Democrats point to their success in the state in 2016 as evidence that they are well positioned to pick up this GOP-held open seat this cycle, arguing that Nevada has turned blue. Republicans point out that they have held the Governor’s office since the 1998 election. They also believe that Democrats have nominated a flawed candidate. In the June 12 primary, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolek won the Democratic nomination with 50 percent of the vote, defeating fellow commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who took 39 percent, while four minor candidates and “none of these candidates” split the remaining 11 percent. Democratic strategists scoff at Republicans’ suggestion that Sisolek is a flawed candidate and believe that he is the strongest nominee they have had in years. They further argue that the flawed candidate in the race is the Republican nominee. Attorney General Adam Laxalt won the Republican nomination with 72 percent in an eight-way field. Democrats have reason to be optimistic, but this is going
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