In Nevada’s pivotal Senate race, the gap between the two candidates is narrow, with Republican Adam Laxalter’s campaign sentiment “abysmal,” GOP strategists told CNN.
The different factions run by the Republican Party have started an internal blame game, arguing that Democratic senators are a foregone conclusion. Catherine Cortez Masto will soon lead the way, the strategist said. When asked by CNN to describe the current mood, the strategist said it was “shocked and dismayed.”
In public, Laxalter laid out what he called the “narrow” path to victory in two tweets on Saturday.
As of Friday night, Laxalt was ahead of Cortez Masto by just 862 votes. The GOP’s early lead eroded further on Friday as election workers counted and released the results of more ballots.
“Multiple days in a row, the bulk of mail-in ballots continued to break out at higher DEM margins than we calculated,” Laxalt wrote. “This narrowed our win window.”
In Clark County, Nevada’s largest, CNN estimates there are still about 24,000 mail-in ballots to be counted, and about 15,000 provisional ballots and ballots to process.
Laxalt said the race will come down to those votes, adding that “if they continue to develop the DEM aggressively, then (Cortez Masto) will overtake us.”
If they’re from a Republican-leaning district or only a slightly Democratic-leaning district, “then we can still win,” Laxalt claimed.
For its part, Cortez Masto’s campaign told CNN it remains “confident” as it awaits further results.
The Laxalt movement responded: Laxalt’s press secretary Brian Frymus responded to CNN’s report late Saturday, saying: “Our campaign remains confident and hopeful that any reporting to the contrary is inaccurate and under-sourced. .”
Why it matters: The Nevada Senate race, which has been deadlocked for months, could finally decide the balance of power in the upper chamber.
With CNN Projecting Senators. For Mark Kelly to win in Arizona, Democrats need to win one more seat: Nevada or Georgia, which will go into the December runoff.
Republicans need 51 seats to control the majority. Democrats will control a 50-50 tie, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Check out Laxalt’s tweet below: