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CD2 special election is held today
by Joshua H. Silavent
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Polling station workers Roy Morrison (left) an Norm Schiff team up to set up one of the election machines Monday at the Red Hawk Events Center. Behind them, poll manager Carol Ann Carroll and John Corbin prepare another machine while Doug Goodman is working on another. They will be back at 6 a.m. today to be ready for voters.
Tribune/Dan McGee Polling station workers Roy Morrison (left) an Norm Schiff team up to set up one of the election machines Monday at the Red Hawk Events Center. Behind them, poll manager Carol Ann Carroll and John Corbin prepare another machine while Doug Goodman is working on another. They will be back at 6 a.m. today to be ready for voters.
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SPARKS — Election Day has finally arrived to decide who will head to Washington as the next representative of Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District, but if early voting turnout is any indication, Republican Mark Amodei looks poised to beat Democrat Kate Marshall.

GOP voters came out in greater force than their Democratic counterparts during the early voting period, which began Aug. 27 and ended Friday.

District-wide, more than 40,000 registered Republicans have already cast their ballot, while less than 26,000 registered Democrats have done the same. Republicans hold a 32,000-vote registration advantage.

In Washoe County, Republicans cast 18,552 ballots in the early voting period compared with just 14,635 for Democrats. Independent voters cast the remaining 4,600 votes.

Furthermore, registered Republicans have returned 713 more absentee ballots than registered Democrats, according to Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk.

If Democrats are to overcome the current deficit, they will have to pick up a large chunk of the independent vote and hope that turnout exceeds expectations.

Burk said voter turnout is not likely to exceed 35 percent in Washoe County.

Democrats will also have to overcome the tide of history. No Democrat has ever won the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Polls close at 7 p.m. For information on polling locations and other election details, visit www.co.washoe.nv.us/voters/index.htm.

Marshall will hold an election night party at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Resort, Nevada Room 6.

Amodei will hold his election night party in the main ballroom at the Eldorado Hotel Casino beginning after polls close.
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