Sisolak defeats Laxalt for Nevada governorship

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is congratulating his successor, Democrat Steve Sisolak, on his win in Tuesday's election.

Sandoval, a Republican, said in a statement Wednesday that he looks forward to working with Sisolak and that he and his staff are available to Sisolak and his transition team.

Sisolak, the Clark County Commission chair, will be Nevada's first Democratic governor since 1999. He defeated state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the Republican nominee, in a tight race.

Sandoval is term-limited.

Statement from outgoing Governor Brian Sandoval:

“I congratulate Steve Sisolak here on his election as Nevada’s 31st Governor. Moving forward, my door and the doors to my staff are open to Governor-elect Sisolak and his transition team. I look forward to working with Governor-elect Sisolak in any and every way he wishes to help ensure the continued success of the new Nevada."

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Nevada voters have chosen Las Vegas-area county commissioner Steve Sisolak as the state's first Democratic governor in two decades.

Sisolak defeated state Attorney General Adam Laxalt early Wednesday in a tight race that drew millions in outside spending and was considered a high-stakes battle for both parties. Laxalt conceded the race late Tuesday.

The 64-year-old Sisolak repeatedly campaigned on a pledge to stand up to President Donald Trump, who backed Laxalt.

Sisolak chairs the Clark County Commission, which oversees the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas. He rose to prominence following the 2017 mass shooting on the Strip, starting an online fundraiser that amassed millions for victims.

Nevada's gubernatorial race was a top priority for Democrats looking to flip control of governors' mansions across the country Tuesday.

Popular and moderate Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval is term-limited.

Statement from Steve Sisolak:

Thank you Nevada!

What an incredible night to call the Silver State home!

Because today, you did it. Today, people from every corner of the state stood up and turned out to say it’s time to bring people together; it’s time to prioritize our schools, our jobs, and our health care; it’s time to stop the petty politics and get things done!

And that’s exactly what we’re going to do, Nevada!

I received a call earlier from Adam Laxalt, who congratulated our team on a hard-fought campaign. The truth is Adam and I have very different views about where Nevada needs to go, but I appreciate his call.

And I want all of you to know that no matter who you voted for, I will work my heart out for you. Because this election is about you. It’s about putting your priorities first and that’s what I’m determined to do as your next governor!

Now, I can’t say another word without first thanking some people who helped get us here tonight:

Thank you to my campaign team and all our volunteers. You certainly kept me going — whether I liked it or not. I’m so grateful for your hard work that got us here tonight.

To all my teammates on the ballot — you made the ticket stronger and the party stronger, and you will make the state stronger. Thank you.

Now, to the most important people in my life.

There are two stars of the campaign, whom you should all recognize by now. In fact, after all those TV ads, I think some folks were wishing they could vote for the two of you instead of me.

Ashley and Carley — I’ve watched you grow into amazing, talented, beautiful women. And you’re absolutely the two best daughters a dad could ask for.

You both willingly stepped out into the public spotlight when I made the decision to take on this challenge and have been with me every step of the way.

Tonight is special, but I want you to know that being your dad, raising you on my own, is the most important job I’ll ever have. I love you.

And, Kathy, my soul mate, I simply couldn’t have done this without your love and support. Having you by my side has kept me going through this tough campaign; I love you and I can’t thank you enough.

You know, growing up, my family didn’t have a whole lot, but we had each other. And I’m so happy we have each other still. My mom, and my sister, Sue — I love you both.

To my mother, you made me who I am today, and throughout this entire campaign, you never let me forget who I was.

My mom turned 92 just the other week, so I’ll say it again, and hopefully this time it’s just a little more special — Mom, happy birthday.

And, finally, I want to talk about my dad. He’s not with us anymore, but I know how proud he’d be if he were.

He was a blue-collar guy, a worker on the GM line. And the reason I ran — the reason I’m standing before you right now — is because of something he used to say to me. He’d say, “you need to leave your community better than you found it.”

That’s why I’m here.

I’m here because I know the promise and hope of what we can accomplish when we work together to improve the lives of our families, our neighbors, our communities.

I’m here because of those words, and because of hardworking folks just like my dad.

I’m here because of all of you.

In June, I stood at a podium and said our next governor needs to be bold. Needs to bring people together to get things done. Needs to deliver.

Well, Nevada, it’s time to deliver. And that’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to deliver for every Nevadan. And I’ll tell you what — we’re going to do it together, as one Nevada.

Because this isn’t about politics.

It’s about giving every family the chance to succeed.

It’s about our educators! It’s about supporting our teachers who’ve been digging into their own pockets to buy snacks and school supplies for their students. Educators, I’ve got your back.

It’s about every family who sits at the kitchen table worried about a medical bill or wondering if the coverage they have today will be there tomorrow.

It’s about the elderly couple I met who couldn’t afford two copays, so they cut their blood pressure medication in half. No family — regardless of income, pre-existing conditions, or zip code — should have to choose between getting the care they need and putting food on the table. I heard you — and I’ve got your back.

It’s about the young woman I met, Daisy, a special education teacher and a DREAMer. Daisy is there every day for her students — and as governor, I’ll be there for her. DREAMers, I’ve got your back.

It’s about the young man I met earlier this year, working at the Raiders/UNLV stadium site, who jumped down from his truck to shake my hand and tell me it was the first job he’d had in 18 months. It’s about Denise, a welder who found work in Washoe County, and is now forging a future in Nevada. Nevada, we’re going to keep building. We’re going to keep moving forward.

It’s about all of our union men and women making Nevada union strong!

And it’s about all the folks who saw some of what’s been going on in this country and said enough’s enough. They sacrificed their time, made phone calls, knocked on doors, gave rides.

It’s about every single one of you.

No matter who you voted for — if you call Nevada home, I will deliver for you.

I will deliver by fighting for every family, every Nevadan, every day.

And when I say every Nevadan, I mean it.

Let me just say this. You know, we’ve seen a lot of ugliness in this world lately. From the horror we all witnessed just a couple miles from here on 1 October, to the recent violence aimed at political figures, the fear-mongering, and the hate crimes.

But here in Nevada, we knew that wasn’t who we are. We knew Nevada was better than that.

And this year, this election, you proved us right.

Right here in Nevada, we talked about real issues affecting people’s lives.

Right here in Nevada, we can set the standard for what better, more compassionate, more decent politics can look like in this country.

And right here in Nevada, we’re going to prove that we won’t be divided by partisan politics in Washington. We won’t be divided by north or south, rural or urban.

We’ll be one Nevada, working together — and that work starts now.

Thank you. Good night, and God bless!