In presidential elections, states can be seen as predictors of future election results due to the number of times they have voted for the winning candidate. Nevada does not publish the vote count until all voters who were in line at the close of polls have cast their ballots. Adam Lombardo, a Republican candidate from Southern Nevada, was able to gain a greater share of votes in rural areas and performed better in Washoe County compared to his opponent, Laxalt. He also had an advantage of 8,600 votes over Laxalt in Washoe, and obtained more votes in rural areas than Sisolak.
Both Republican candidates from Southern Nevada won 4,000 votes ahead of Lombardo, against the underfunded candidates from Las Vegas.Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, is large and has strong Democratic margins, which offers Democratic candidates across the state a barrier to counter the increase in Republican vote in the other two regions of Nevada - Washoe County in the north and the state's 15 rural counties. Catherine Cortez Masto's ability to surpass Sisolak in Washoe County and in rural areas was partly due to her relationships she had developed outside of Las Vegas as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, during her stint as the governor's chief of staff. Her deep knowledge of the state and its interests allowed her to reduce margins in Nevada's most Republican voting regions. However, since Nevada requires that initiated amendments gain majority support in successive amendments, the measure will appear on the 2024 ballot, where it is likely to face significant opposition from a broad coalition of interests with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Mark Amodei, who was easily re-elected to occupy NV-2 in Northern Nevada, remains the only Republican in the state's congressional delegation.
The increase in support for Lombardo compared to Laxalt in Clark County totaled more than 14,000 votes - a revealing indicator of the value that a credible Republican from Southern Nevada can bring to the Republican Party. If the margin is wide in Clark and the winning candidate also wins in Washoe, it becomes extremely difficult for the candidate who is left behind to get enough votes to stay with the leader, even if they do very well in other rural counties. In conclusion, it is clear that Nevada has become an important battleground state for national elections. The state has seen an increase in support for Republican candidates from Southern Nevada and has become increasingly competitive for both parties. The outcome of future elections will depend on how well each party can mobilize their base and win over voters from other regions.