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Dem hopes of Nevada State Senate supermajority faltering as Reps lead in key races

Posted at 7:43 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 12:14:32-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada State Senate Democrats had entered Election Day with hopes of flipping one Republican seat to secure a supermajority in the legislature, but results released through Wednesday morning have put those hopes in doubt.

A supermajority would allow Democrats to pass consequential legislation like tax increases without support from their Republican colleagues.

Republicans have held small leads in three key districts that Democrats had eyed as important in the 2020 election.

Democrats needed to hold control of two seats, District 5 and District 6, while flipping District 15 from Republican to Democrat.

In District 5, Republican Carrie Buck has held a roughly two point lead over her Democratic opponent Kristee Watson to fill the seat vacated by Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse.

District 6 has become the closest race with Republican April Becker leading incumbent Democrat Nicole Cannizzaro by 553 votes.

Incumbent Republican Heidi Gansert has held a relatively comfortable 3.3% lead on her opponent Wendy Jauregui-Jackins in District 15.

If Democrats lose all three seats, they would still hold a majority in the Senate.

The Nevada Secretary of State has said no more election results would be released until Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.