The gap between the two candidates in the crucial Senate race in Nevada is narrow, with one Republican strategist telling CNN that the mood inside Republican Adam Laxot’s campaign is “bad.”
Different factions operating in the Republican Party have started an internal buck-passing game, feeling that a Democratic senator is a foregone conclusion. Catherine Cortez Masto will soon take the lead, the strategist said. “Shocked and frustrated,” the strategist said when asked by CNN to describe the current mood.
Publicly, Laxalt laid out what he called a “narrow” path to victory in two tweets Saturday.
As of Friday night, Laxalt had a lead of only 862 votes over Cortez Masto. The GOP’s early lead on Friday eroded further as election workers counted and released the results of more ballots.
“For days in a row, most mail-in ballots continue to break out at higher DEM margins than we calculated,” Laxalt wrote. “It narrows our window of victory.”
CNN estimates there are about 24,000 mail-in ballots left to be counted in Clark County, Nevada’s largest, and about 15,000 provisional and repaired ballots.
Laxalt said the race would come down to those votes, saying “if they continue to develop the DEM heavily then (Cortez Masto) will pass us.”
If they come from districts that lean Republican or lean only slightly Democratic, “then we can still win,” Laxalt claimed.
For its part, Cortes Masto’s campaign told CNN that the team remains “full of confidence” as it awaits further results.
Laxalt campaign response: “Our campaign remains confident and hopeful, and any reports to the contrary are inaccurate and poorly sourced,” Laxalt press secretary Brian Freimuth said late Saturday in response to the CNN report.
Why it matters: Nevada’s Senate race has been deadlocked for months and could ultimately determine the balance of power in the Senate.
With CNN casting the senators. For Mark Kelly to win his race in Arizona, Democrats will need to win one more seat: Nevada or Georgia, which has a runoff in December.
Republicans need 51 seats for a majority. Democrats would gain control in a 50-50 tie, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Check out Laxalt’s tweet below: