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Nevada Results: Democrats Win Big, Reno Mayor Re-Elected, Voters Elect A Dead Man

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Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., center, celebrates at a Democratic election night party after wining a Senate seat Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Las Vegas.

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Democrats in Nevada took the top races, including U.S. Senate and governor.

In one of the higher profile campaigns of the election cycle, Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen beat Republican Sen. Dean Heller.  

“This has been a hard fought campaign,” Rosen said in her acceptance speech Tuesday night. “I want to thank Heller for his service to our state.”

With the majority of the votes tallied Wednesday, Rosen held just over 50 percent of the vote compared to Heller's 45 percent.

Nevada was one of the most expensive Senate races, which was felt by voters, who said the attack ads got nasty and almost intolerable.

Heller was a target by Democrats because he was the only Republican senator up for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

In a first since 1994, Democrat Steve Sisolak defeated Republican Adam Laxalt for governor. He succeeds Republican Brian Sandoval, who held the position since 2011. As of Wednesday morning, Sisolak held a 4 percent lead over Laxalt.

President Trump made several visits to Nevada  to support Laxalt and others. Sisolak chairs a council that oversees the Las Vegas Strip.

In Reno, Mayor Hillary Schieve won a second term, with a 29 percent lead over Eddie Lorton. It was a familiar race because Lorton unsuccessfully ran against Schieve in 2014.

Nevadans voted against Question 3, which would have opened the state’s electricity market to competition. But they voted in favor of Question 6, requiring power companies to have 50 percent of their energy come from renewable source by 2030.

Lastly, voters elected a dead man for Assembly District 36 in the Vegas area: Dennis Hof, the deceased brothel owner and Republican candidate, passed away in October. He beat Democrat Lesia Romanov with 63 percent of the vote.

Now that he’s won, a Republican will fill his seat once commissioners in three counties choose who that will be.

For detailed results from Nevada visit CapRadio’s election blog.

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