Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the GOP's gubernatorial candidate, speaks at a rally in a warehouse in Reno on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, before the headliner, Donald Trump Jr. Trump Jr. said his father, President Donald Trump, is counting on Republicans like Laxalt and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Laxalt said he feels "great" about his race against Democrat Steve Sisolak. He said, "This is the final push." (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

Governor's race could flip power or continue Nevada dynasty

November 03, 2018 - 11:09 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Republican from a political dynasty and a powerful Las Vegas-area politician hoping to become Nevada's first Democratic governor in two decades are in a tight race for the state's top office Tuesday.

Like many races in the battleground state of 3 million people, the contest between Republican Adam Laxalt and Democrat Steve Sisolak is close, and the stakes are higher in this election.

The next governor will shape Nevada's political landscape for a decade, having veto power over the next legislative and congressional maps drawn after the 2020 Census.

Former President Barack Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder have both made visits to tout Sisolak's candidacy, while Laxalt has strong backing from President Donald Trump. Billionaires like California liberal Tom Steyer, Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and the conservative Koch brothers have all picked a side.

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