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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Republicans outpacing Democrats in 2 key locales in Nevada’s Sept. 13 House special election

Republicans are far outpacing Democrats in two key locales in Nevada’s Sept. 13 House special election, according to voting data released Tuesday.

In Reno’s Washoe County, the most populous county in the 2nd District, Republicans account for 52 percent of the voters who have cast ballots early, compared with just 37 percent who have been Democrats. In Carson City, the state’s capital, the disparity is even greater: Republicans are out-voting Democrats 58 percent to 30 percent. In both places, the rate of Republican voting is out-performing party registration rates.

The northern Nevada-based seat being sought by Republican Mark Amodei and Democrat Kate Marshall historically favors Republicans — it has a strong plurality of GOP registered voters. And Democrats acknowledge that the early figures paint an ominous picture for Marshall, a secretary of state who has taken steps to distance herself from the national Democratic Party.

“Big advantage to the Republicans so far,” said Dan Hart, a Nevada-based Democratic consultant. “This weekend, the Democrats need to move a lot of votes to stay in it.”


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