After early voting, Republican leads in Nevada special election

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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After the close of the early voting period in the Nevada special election on Friday, the Republican candidate, Mark Amodei, holds an almost fifteen thousand vote lead over his Democratic opponent Kate Marshall.

A total of 75,248 votes were cast in the early voting period before election day on Tuesday — 67,011 were cast in early voting, and 8,237 were cast absentee. Of those, 25,619 registered Democrats voted, and 40,173 registered Republicans voted. The 9,288 “other” voters also cast ballots.

That leaves Amodei with a fairly formidable lead heading into election day, especially given the large voter registration that Republicans hold in the district.

Amodei and Marshall are running to fill the vacant House seat in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District previously held by Dean Heller, who was appointed to the Senate by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval when former Sen. John Ensign resigned facing ethics investigations.