Several White Pine County races came into focus after the polling center closed Tuesday night. The race for Sheriff is now between Penny Jo Robison, who received the most votes for the position with 38.5 percent, and incumbent Dan Watts, who received 35.8 percent. The third candidate, Steve Marquez, was eliminated from the running after getting 25.6 percent.
“I was surprised,” Robison said of her primary lead over Watts. “I just want to thank everyone that has supported me and went out to vote.”
County Commission seat five has also been narrowed to two candidates, with Gary Perea receiving the most votes with 47 percent and incumbent Mike Lemich with 32 percent. Former City of Ely Mayor George Chachas received the least amount of votes, with 21 percent, taking him off the ballot in the November election.
“I was happy with the results and I look forward to the general election,” Perea said.
The race for the County Clerk’s office was the closest of all the local positions, with Nichole Baldwin edging out both Patrice Lytle and Elizabeth Rose. Baldwin won by just 16 votes with 35.7 percent over Lytle, who received 33.9 percent. Baldwin will represent the Republican side of the ticket come November when she will face off against Democrat Debbie Rivero for the position. Current County Clerk Lin Burleigh did not seek reelection.
White Pine County saw a slight increase in voter turnout when compared to the county’s 2012 primary election and much better turnout than the state as a whole. A total of 1,816 votes where cast, including absentee and early votes, which totaled 41.2 percent of the county’s registered voters. The 2012 White Pine County primary election saw an 34 percent turnout. Nevada as a whole only received votes from 19.3 percent of its registered voters.
In terms of the statewide positions in the primary, Nevada’s incumbent Governor Brian Sandoval garnered massive support for his re-election from voters, earning 89.9 percent of the vote for the Republican spot on the ticket. In an unusual turn of events, the “none of these candidates” option on the ballot got the most votes on the Democratic side of the primary race with 30 percent, besting all eight candidates. By Nevada law however, the winner will still go to the candidate with the highest amount of votes, which was Robert Goodman with 24.8 percent.
In the Lieutenant Governor Race, Mark Hutchison secured the nomination with 53.8 percent, beating Sue Lowden who had 36.1 percent. Lowden had been endorsed by the White Pine County Republican Party Committee. Lucy Flores swept the Democratic side with 71.5 percent of the vote.
In the race for the Fourth District seat in the House of Representatives, which represents the rural areas of Nevada including White Pine County, incumbent Steven Horsford easily won the nomination by the Democrat party for his re-election with 84.3 percent of the vote. Horsford will run against the GOP’s candidate Crescent Hardy, who beat out Tea Party conservative Niger Innis by nine percent.
Ron Knecht won his nomination as the Republican candidate for the State Controller position. He will go against Andrew Martin of the Democrat party in the general election. Martin ran uncontested.
Nevada’s general election date will take place on November 4.