The Nevada Independent

A more moderate Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo won a decisive victory over the sprawling field of Republican gubernatorial candidates, even as further-right figures romped to victory over more centrist opponents in other statewide GOP primaries.

Early election results — largely composed of mail ballots and early vote totals — showed Lombardo winning populous Clark County by a large margin, with more than double the votes of his next closest primary rival, Reno attorney Joey Gilbert. Most news organizations, including The Nevada Independent, called the race for Lombardo less than 30 minutes after results were first published on Tuesday.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters inside Panevino restaurant in Las Vegas, Lombardo pivoted to his general election matchup with Sisolak, attacking him for having “abused our trust and … failed us during COVID.”

“I will never wait for politicians in Washington, D.C., or for the governor of California to tell me what to do,” he said. “I will always put the best interests of Nevadans first. Frankly, it is long overdue.”

For his part, Sisolak effortlessly shrugged off a primary challenge Tuesday from former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins and turned his aim toward Lombardo as results came in, saying the sheriff was “flouting his official responsibilities on the campaign trail.”

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