Currently, the Real Clear Politics averaging of polls shows that incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada is up 1.7 percent over his challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D). However, the surge of early voting on Saturday may signal that Heller’s seat is shaky in the few weeks left before the general election. More than 27,000 ballots were cast by 5 p.m. on Saturday, thereby setting a record for the number cast on the first day of the early voting period that extends for two weeks. The previous record was but 10,000 votes, according to Clark County officials.

Clark County incorporates Las Vegas, where the Democrat party and labor unions are strong.

In 2017, Republicans had some success in signing up votings, but as of January Democrats appeared to hold all the cards on the table with an advantage of more than 76,000 active voters across the state. Even so, the Democrats did see some shrinkage in their pile: by New Years Day of this year, the Nevada Secretary of State showed that Democrat voters shrank from 595,000 to 565,904 while Republicans’ shrinkage was less, going from 498,000 to 489,674.

Advocacy organizations have made Nevada a target because of its status as a swing state. Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democrats on Saturday, calling them to get to the polls. He said, “It’s time to get up, lift our heads up, remember who the hell we are.” Biden added, “This is America, let’s take back the Senate and we will change the world as we know it.” Speaking to Democrats at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, Biden said that American values "are being shredded." Taking a swipe at the president, Biden said, "They're being shredded by a President who's all about himself. It's all about Donald. It's not about anything else." 

Speaking to Republicans in Elko, Trump said of Biden, “He never had more than one percent. So we call him either Sleepy Joe Biden or One Percent. Which is better?" As the crowd responded with cheers and chants, Trump gestured to a participant and said, "Oh no, she said Creepy Joe. She said Creepy Joe." He added, "No, I would never do that. I would never insult him like that. She said she's only kidding. I would never insult." He later told CNN that he hopes that Biden will be the Democrats’ presidential nominee, while he criticized Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Early voting continues in Nevada through November 2. 
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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