Republican Quietly Takes Lead in Nevada Senate Race, Possibly Flipping Senate to GOP

Oct 17, 2022 | Political News

Nevada Senatorial Candidate Adam Laxalt (R) is holding a commanding lead over his Democrat opponent Sen. Cortez Masto as the fight for senior Senator of Nevada closes in on Election Day.

The polling average for the race, according to FiveThirtyEight, has Laxalt up 0.7 percent with 45.2 percent of the vote compared to Cortez Masto's 44.5 percent.

Meanwhile, RealClearPolitics has Laxalt up 1.7 percent against his opponent, showcasing an even more decisive lead for the Iraq War veteran and grandson to late Nevada Governor and Senator Paul Laxalt.

The race, which hasn't garnered much attention compared to the contested races in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona, could decide the future of the Senate as Republicans vie to gain at least 51 seats to defeat the Democrat's agenda come 2023.

A recent poll by Suffolk University for USA Today found that the former state Attorney General is only trailing Cortez Masto by two percent among likely voters in Nevada. Previous polling had Laxalt down seven points to the Democrat.


The incumbent Democrat has also seen her favorability rating decrease from August as Hispanics abandon her. In August, she enjoyed an 18-point lead over the Republican candidate amongst Latinos. That has now shrunk to only seven points.

“48% of Hispanics named the economy/inflation as the number one issue, higher than whites (43%) and Blacks (23%),” wrote Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos about why the Democrat candidate has lost momentum. 

This past week, inflation was once again reported at 8.2 percent for the year and the recent hit from OPEC+ to cut off oil production will once again bring rising gas prices. Combined, these issues are going to be noticed by every American and voters will have a constant reminder that a Democrat-run America is a more expensive America.

Laxalt is running a successful campaign and is able to switch Latino voters over to the GOP. Hopefully, Blake Masters in Arizona, Herschel Walker in Georgia, and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania will have the same success and give Republicans a majority in the upper chamber of Congress. 

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