Days after election night, all eyes were on the crucial Nevada Senate race as it remained too close to call. As near-final vote totals posted on Saturday, incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., emerged victorious. Her win, coupled with Sen. Mark Kelly’s in the Arizona Senate race, ensured Democrats would maintain control of the Senate.
Cortez Masto’s narrow win was powered by younger voters, union households and urban voters.
At the same time, Republican Adam Laxalt garnered support from rural voters, White voters and older voters.
With the Democrat doing well in the cities and the Republican running strong in rural areas, the race came down to a battle for the suburbs. These voters backed Cortez Masto by about five points.
Hispanics, who make up about 17% of the electorate in Nevada, are an important group and they went for Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto by over 20 points.
In a race that wound up giving Democrats majority control of the Senate, it is no surprise that which party controlled the upper chamber was one of the major issues for voters in the Silver State. Almost six in ten said it was the single most important factor to their vote for Senate – and these voters broke narrowly for Laxalt.
Laxalt also won by nearly 30 points among those who said inflation was the single most important factor to their vote. Cortez Masto had a similar advantage among those who prioritized the future of democracy.
The Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision on abortion may well have swung the election. One-quarter of voters said it was most important to their vote, and nearly four times as many went for Cortez Masto as backed Laxalt.