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Clerk complete recount of Nevada Republican Governor's race

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FILE - Joey Gilbert waits before a Republican primary debate for Nevada governor Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Las Vegas. Gilbert who lost this month's Republican primary election by just over 11 percentage points, or nearly 26,000 votes, will pay $190,960 for a statewide recount after he objected to the outcome by making numerous unproven claims about the election process, election officials said Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The Reno attorney had 26.7% of the vote on June 14, trailing Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who won 38.4% in a crowded primary field for the Republican governor nomination on June 14. Gilbert has not conceded.
File-Joey Gilbert waits ahead A major Republican debate for the Governor of Nevada in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Election officials lost just over 11 percent points in this month's Republican primary, or nearly 26,000 votes, on Wednesday, June 29, after Gilbert disagreed with the results by making many unproven claims about the election process. He said he would pay $ 190,960 for the state-wide recount. , 2022. Reno's lawyer followed Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombard, who won 26.7% of the votes on June 14, and 38.4% in a crowded primary on June 14 for the nomination of a Republican governor. rice field. Gilbert does not admit. Photo: John Locher/Associated Press

Reno, Nevada (AP) — County Sheriffs lap Friday A two-day state-wide vote recount at the Nevada GOP Primary showed no change in results in the two most populous counties in the state, with second-place finisher Joey Gilbert as Sheriff Clark County. It shows that he was defeated by being crowded with Joe Lombard. Field.

Secretary of State Nevada confirmed on Friday afternoon that all 17 counties had completed the recount. Authorities did not post or comment on the informal results, but Clark and Washoe counties paid for the recount, even though Lombardo fell 11 percent below Lombardo following the June 14 vote. Confirmed that he defeated Gilbert who paid.

Clark and Washoe counties make up 75% of the ballots cast by the governor in the Republican primary in Nevada.

Gilbert, who was outside the US Capitol during the January 6 riot, ran on a platform partially shaped by unfounded claims of ballot fraud, with election workers properly signing. Lombard was "injected" into the system, claiming that he did not vote by verifying or monitoring the ballot. He provides no evidence of those claims.

He said he didn't expect the results to change significantly, but later asked for a recount in court to challenge the election results. He accused Nevada and the second most populous county in the state, but with the help of right-wing activist and crypto businessman Robert Beadles, he stepped up surveillance of elections in the county.

"The only thing they do is use the same fixed and cooked ballot and pass it through the same broken machine," Gilbert filmed outside the Clark County elections department on Thursday. Said in the video that was done. "So I expect more to come? No, but it's part of the process."

The June 14th contest in Nevada was approved by Trump. Most have proved successful for candidates and those who called the 2020 election a scam. Republican U.S. Senator candidate Adam Laxal co-chaired Trump's reelection campaign in Nevada and failed to overturn the state's 2020 election results based on fraudulent claims. Led the opposition. Secretary of State Jim Merchant told voters at the Candidates Forum in February that their votes were "not counted for decades."

Despite challenging his race, Gilbert congratulated Laksalt and Merchant with his victory on the same ballot.

Gilbert's team paid Secretary of State Nevada $ 190,960 before 5 pm on Friday. deadline. Total based on estimated costs submitted by each of the 17 counties in Nevada.

After submitting a cost estimate last Wednesday, Nye County clerk Sam Merlino said, "We were all preparing for it." "We all felt that there would be election contests and recounts."

For the Republicans, Gilbert's apparent refusal to the results was disproved by many within the party. It reflects the growing challenges two years after accepting the claims. The leader wants to encourage voting while supporting Gilbert and appealing to tens of thousands of people who distrust the election.

The day after the election, state GOP chairman Michael McDonald, who rejected the outcome of the 2020 election, accused Gilbert of when he united behind Lombardo in a rare example of criticism. The far right of the contracting country that said it came.

"The election is over. It's called. Joe Lombardo has won. We need to unite together," he said, "emotional" to Gilbert's reaction. I called it.

Unfounded fraud claims are already influential in Nevada. Last week, dozens of angry voters urged Clark and Washoe county commissioners to vote against Tally's certification, explaining their own experience in voting, and certification in New Mexico earlier this month. Repeated the conspiracy theory that almost made him crazy.

Last week, two county commissioners in Esmeralda County counted all 317 votes cast after the Commission delayed the initial certification by one day. However, all counties have approved elections by the Friday deadline.


Stern is a corps member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in the local newsroom to report on unreported issues. Follow Stern on Twitter â † * gabestern326

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