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2024 Nevada Primary Live Blog: Preliminary results are populating across the Silver State

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Crystal Willis
KUNR Public Radio

Nevada’s primary election was Tuesday, June 11. Polling sites are now closed throughout the Silver State.

This live blog is a space for Nevada-based updates related to the primary election, as well as results as they become available.

Browse resources from the KUNR newsroom and around the state below:

View live updates from the KUNR news team below.

Nevada primary shows potentially high turnout, but also high levels of donations

June 13, 5:00 p.m.

Washoe County elections officials are still counting votes from Tuesday’s primary election. But experts are already celebrating the level of engagement at the polls.

According to Fred Lokken, political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, voter turnout in the 2024 primary election is likely to have been much higher than in past cycles.

“The process is working flawlessly,” he said.

Lokken chalks that up to Nevada’s new voting system, which sends mail ballots to active voters by default. It was adopted by lawmakers during a COVID-era special legislative session, as a means of mitigating viral transmission during the 2020 race.

Read more about the Nevada primary election’s turnout and donations.

— By Bert Johnson, KUNR

Taylor and Ginsburg advance in Nevada Senate District 15 races

June 12, 3:30 p.m.

The Associated Press called the race for the Democratic and Republican primaries for Nevada Senate District 15.

The competitive seat opened up after Republican State Senator Heidi Seevers Gansert announced last year she would not seek re-election.

Democrat Angie Taylor will advance to the general election over Reno City Council member Naomi Duerr. The first-term assemblyperson wants to find ways to reduce class sizes, increase teacher pay and protect access to reproductive care.

Republican Mike Ginsburg beat former State Assemblyperson Sharron Angle. Ginsburg, the manager of the distribution design department for NV Energy, supports incentives for health care graduates to stay in the state and public safety such as law enforcement.

Senate District 15 covers Sun Valley, and much of north and southwest Reno.

— By Lucia Starbuck, KUNR

Editor’s note: This update was revised to reflect the Associated Press’ race calls.

Nevada’s nonpartisan voters could play a major role in deciding key U.S. senate race

June 12, 3:23 p.m.

The Associated Press quickly called the race for the Democratic and Republican primaries for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro sat down with KUNR democracy reporter Lucia Starbuck to break down the stakes ahead of November, and how one large voting bloc is feeling — nonpartisans.

Listen to the interview to hear how nonpartisans are feeling and what the senate candidates have to say.

— By KUNR Staff

Republican races for U.S. House Districts 1 and 3 called by AP

June 12, 3:23 p.m.

Two U.S. House races have been called in Nevada by the Associated Press:

  • U.S. House District 1 (R): Mark Robertson
  • U.S. House District 3 (R): Drew Johnson

For continued updates on election results, visit KUNR’s preliminary results page.

— By KUNR Staff

Andriola and Berkbigler see sizeable leads in Washoe County commissioner races

June 11, 11:21 p.m.

Washoe County elections staff don’t expect to have official primary election results until Wednesday afternoon, but there have been some early returns.

By around 10 p.m. Tuesday, it looked like incumbent Commissioner Clara Andriola was heading to victory in the District 4 Republican primary.

Her top opponents, Mark Lawson and Tracey Hilton-Thomas, were neck and neck for second place.

Both had support from GOP mega donor and conspiracy theorist Robert Beadles. But their muddled results suggest his double endorsement may have split the far-right vote.

Marsha Berkbigler was leading the Republican field in District 1. If she wins, she’ll head to a rematch with incumbent Democrat Alexis Hill, who unseated Berkbigler in 2020.

— By Bert Johnson, KUNR

Reno City Council Ward 6 race leans toward Anderson, Ward 5 results underway

June 11, 11:11 p.m.

The Washoe County Registrar of Voters office is still counting primary election votes. Based on preliminary results, Ward 6 may already be decided, whereas the result of Ward 5 is less clear.

Around three hours after polls closed, political newcomer Brandi Anderson had a comfortable lead in the race for Ward 6.

The ward was created during the city’s redistricting process last year, and has no incumbent.

Starting next year, it will replace the At-Large seat, which is currently held by Devon Reese.

So Reese is running for Ward 5 instead. Even though he’s the best-funded city council candidate by far, he had a less commanding lead in his race.

Elections workers say official results should be available by Wednesday afternoon.

— By Bert Johnson, KUNR

Abbott and Fitch pull ahead in Sparks City Council races, Ward 5 race neck in neck

June 11, 10:53 p.m.

Three spots on the Sparks City Council are up for election, and one race is very close.

Ward 1 incumbent Donald Abbott sailed to victory — by 10 p.m., he had nearly 70 percent of votes cast.

Brad Fitch had a solid lead in ward 3 and is on track to unseat sitting council member Paul Anderson.

But the ward 5 race could still be in play. Incumbent Kris Dahir held a single-digit lead.

Staff with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office expect official results to be available by Wednesday afternoon.

— By Bert Johnson, KUNR

Washoe County says new rule allowing earlier vote tabulation is huge help

June 11, 10:34 p.m.

More than 290,000 voters cast their ballot in Nevada’s primary election as of 2 p.m. on Election Day.

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Lucia Starbuck
KUNR Public Radio
Washoe County Interim Registrar Cari-Ann Burgess at the Registrar of Voters office in Reno, Nev., on June 11, 2024.

Polls closed across the state just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Nevada Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar.

Aguilar says there were no issues to report, but he needs to still debrief with the counties. The secretary implemented a new rule for counties to start tabulating ballots at 8 a.m. on Election Day. In the past, counties had to wait until the polls closed. Washoe County Interim Registrar Cari-Ann Burgess said the change was a huge help.

“It took the pressure off of us tonight of having to tell the Secretary of State and stopping everything that we’re doing to give them results. So, this time, it was a lot smoother,” she said.

Despite the low voter turnout, Aguilar says there’s a need for election workers ahead of the general election in November.

“We know the turnout is going to be significantly different, and it’s being strategic about that recruitment process. We’ve partnered with Vet the Votes, who are being aggressive about recruiting veterans into the process,” he said.

As a reminder, if you mailed in a ballot and there’s an issue with the signature, the deadline to address it is June 17.

— By Lucia Starbuck, KUNR

Ward 1 and 3 incumbents take lead in Reno City Council races

June 11, 10:14 p.m.

Reno City Council ward 1 incumbent Kathleen Taylor held a tight lead over Frank Perez. Taylor has held the seat since 2022.

Ward 1 covers part of downtown Reno, and most of southwest Reno.

Ward 3 incumbent Miguel Martinez held a sizable lead over his closest challenger Denise Myer.

Martinez was appointed to the seat in October 2022 following the resignation of Oscar Delgado.

Ward 3 covers parts of northeast Reno, Reno-Tahoe International Airport and parts of Damonte Ranch.

— By Nick Stewart, KUNR

Sam Brown overcomes crowded GOP Senate primary field, setting up key Nevada race

June 11, 9:24 p.m.

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Scott Sonner
Nevada Senate hopeful Sam Brown speaks to reporters outside Reno High School after casting his primary ballot, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Reno, Nev.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Republican Sam Brown overcame a crowded field of primary opponents to win Nevada’s GOP U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, setting up a fierce general election battle against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

In a short statement on X shortly after the race was called for him, Brown thanked voters and said, “Next stop: November 5th.”

Brown, a retired Army captain making his second try in two years for the U.S. Senate, emerged from a field of 12 Republicans to challenge Rosen, a first-term moderate in a presidential battleground state and one of the GOP’s top targets in 2024. Democrats are defending far more Senate seats than Republicans this year as they look to maintain their narrow Senate majority.

Click here to view the full AP News update on Sam Brown.

— By Gabe Stern, Associated Press

Several U.S. Senate, House races called by AP

June 11, 8:44 p.m.

Several U.S. Senate and U.S. House races have been called in Nevada by the Associated Press:

  • U.S. Senate (R): Sam Brown
  • U.S. Senate (D): Jacky Rosen
  • U.S. House District 1 (D): Dina Titus
  • U.S. House District 2 (R): Mark Amodei
  • U.S. House District 3 (D): Susie Lee
  • U.S. House District 4 (D): Steven Horsford

Visit KUNR’s preliminary results page for continued updates across the Silver State.

— By KUNR Staff

Polls are closed, preliminary results are populating

June 11, 8:23 p.m.

All polling sites across Nevada are now closed, and preliminary results are starting to populate on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

— By KUNR Staff

Polls close in Nevada, voters in line can still cast their ballots

June 11, 7:02 p.m.

Polling sites in the Silver State are now closed; however, voters waiting in line ahead of the 7 p.m. closure can still cast their ballots.

— By KUNR Staff

Sam Brown casts his ballot at Reno High School

June 11, 4:25 p.m.

Sam and Amy Brown cast their ballots at their local voting center at Reno High School for Nevada’s primary election on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown, a retired military captain, is running to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

He is the current front runner and will likely face off against Democratic incumbent Sen. Jacky Rosen.

Brown said he’s thrilled to receive Donald Trump’s endorsement on Sunday evening and the former president’s felony conviction doesn’t concern him. He said Trump has a clear path to winning the White House in November.

“We can also win back the majority in the Senate through Nevada. This is providing hope to so many Nevadans and Americans who are really struggling under this Biden administration,” Brown told reporters. “The policies of our open border, rising cost of goods, high energy costs. While Nevadans are feeling the pressure of the American nightmare, we’re bringing back the American dream.”

Brown is facing off against 11 other candidates. Nevada’s U.S. Senate race is being closely watched and could determine control of the Senate.

— By Lucia Starbuck, KUNR

Voting in Washoe County continues to be smooth sailing

June 11, 1:40 p.m.

Voting for the June primary election kicked off today at 7 a.m. And so far the lines have been fairly smooth and calm.

At the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno, voters were streaming in slow but steady. But despite being slow, there have still been a few more people than expected.

Student orientation was taking place and that has drawn in more students and parents.

Many people who were casting their votes here were UNR students or faculty.

Student Olivia Taylor said voting at the student union is a huge convenience.

“I filled out the ballot to do early voting but was too lazy to come up here so I came up here and dropped it off. I also live right next to campus and I work here too so I couldn’t have it easier,” Taylor said.

By mid-morning the lines had been pretty mild at the Rancho San Rafael Park polling site, voting station manager Sara Sakurada said.

“Nothing has been too crazy. I think the most we’ve had were 3 people at a time,” she said.

Sakurada most recently worked the 2022 midterm elections. With heightened concerns over election security in recent years, Sakurada said she actually feels like people today have been less concerned than expected.

“I’ve gotten less questions about the process that we go through to make sure people aren’t double voting and ballots are counted,” she said.

This morning at South Valleys Library in south Reno, Washoe County interim registrar Cari Ann Burgess was hopeful there will be no issues in the process of counting ballots today.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight. And anyone in line when polls close can still cast their ballot.

— By Nick Stewart, KUNR

Voters are lining up to vote across Reno

June 11, 11:30 a.m.

Voters are in line across the Reno-Sparks area after polls opened Tuesday morning.

KUNR Reporter Nick Stewart visited polling locations at a South Reno library and the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Washoe County voters can check to see wait times for polling locations by using this map provided by the Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

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