Leading by 46k votes, Ford declares victory, Chattah leaves Twitter
Nevada Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford at an election event in Henderson on the eve of Election Day. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Nevadans have apparently rejected a vocal Trumpian personality, selecting Democratic incumbent Attorney General Aaron Ford over Republican challenger Sigal Chattah.
Leading Chattah 51% to 46% in counted votes as of Thursday, Ford issued a statement declaring victory while Chattah deleted her campaign Twitter account.
Ford was one of several Democrats nationwide to survive a midterm that many polls and political commentators predicted would be a red wave.
“This movement to put people over party allowed us to build a bedrock of support from folks across the political spectrum — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — and of all ages, backgrounds, personal stories, and walks of life,” said Ford in his statement.
Chattah, a Las Vegas attorney, underperformed in a number of rural counties compared to her Republican counterparts.
Ford was leading Chattah Thursday by about 46,000 votes, a lead that’s likely to grow as Democratic stronghold Clark County continues processing mail ballots.
Among the the races for statewide office, Ford is on track to have the largest victory margin of any Democrat.
Chattah’s campaign was embroiled by controversy in the months leading up to the election, including accusations of racism and transphobia.
Chattah, according to a text message made public by a former friend, declared Ford, a Black man, “should be hanging from a f–king crane.”
She dismissed allegations the comment was racist, saying in her defense it was merely a common phrase in her native Israel.
In a transphobic rant on Twitter, Chattah said she longed for fewer “pronoun badges” and transgender people in America while using a discriminatory slur. She also invited comparisons with Sen. Joe McCarthy and former President Donald Trump by calling for the imprisonment of political foes.
In a show of bipartisanship, however, Chattah said she would also investigate Republicans, including Trump and Nevada’s alleged fake electors, a move that may have cost her voters in Trump-loving rural Nevada.
Ford refused to engage with Chattah, choosing instead to focus on his own accomplishments, including securing a $284 million settlement with drug companies over opioids.
Ford, an attorney, was elected to the state Senate in 2012, where he served as majority leader in 2017. In 2018, he defeated Republican Wes Duncan in the race for Attorney General.
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