Lombardo prevails in crowded primary for governor
Lombardo at an event in April. (Photo by Ronda Churchill))
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is the winner of the Nevada Republican primary for governor according to NBC News, which projected Lombardo’s victory just before 11 p.m.
With votes counted in 37 percent of precincts, Lombardo had 43%, followed by Reno attorney Joey Gilbert with 22%.
The Republican primary featured 15 candidates, including former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, who was in third place with 12%. Former North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee was in fourth place. Lee, a former Democrat, switched parties to run for governor.
Lombardo, a two-term sheriff, won the coveted endorsement of former Pres. Donald Trump while Gilbert had the endorsement of the Nevada Republican Party.
Lombardo will face Gov. Steve Sisolak in the general election. Sisolak handily defeated his former colleague on the Clark County commission, Tom Collins in the Democratic primary. Collins is also a former state lawmaker.
Lombardo was criticized by his primary opponents for supporting Sisolak in the past. The two frequently appeared together following the Oct. 1, 2017 shooting massacre on the Las Vegas Strip. Additionally, Lombardo served on Sisolak’s gubernatorial transition team and contributed to his campaign.
Lombardo, who has never before run for a partisan office, has embraced extreme right-wing policies during the primary. But he has also voiced some support for Republican flashpoints such as requiring background checks on gun purchases and defunding police budgets in an effort to redistribute resources to specialized teams trained for encounters where use of force is not warranted.
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