Democrat Cisco Aguilar defeats Trump-backed election denier Jim Marchant in Nevada Secretary of State race


Republican Jim Marchant, a prominent election denier, has lost the Nevada secretary of state race to Democrat Cisco Aguilar, NBC News predicted Saturday.

Aguilar, a lawyer and former staffer of the late Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., will make history as Nevada’s first Latino secretary of state. He succeeds Republican Barbara Cegavske, who is serving a limited term and has held the position since 2015.

The race for Nevada’s top election official has been closely watched in the days since Tuesday’s election, as former President Donald Trump’s allies continued to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election in a battleground where the winner will oversee. hold on to the 2024 presidential election.

Marchant, a former Nevada state legislator, was a prominent promoter of some of those claims, insisting that President Joe Biden did not win the state, raising concerns among some Democrats that a victory would pave the way for him to harness the power of the office to influence the outcome of the 2024 race.

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In 2020, Marchant pushed for a list of so-called alternative voters in the presidential election, and has since expressed the possibility of making a similar move in future elections.

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In an interview with NBC News earlier this year, Marchant said if he remained in office in 2024, he wouldn’t rule out advocating for an alternate slate of Trump voters if the former president was on the ballot.

Election deniers like Marchant competed in congressional races and for statewide offices that have significant electoral power, such as governor, secretary of state, and attorney general.

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Marchant’s loss comes on the heels of several other election deniers, such as Arizona’s Mark Finchem, who lost their races this month.

The failed bids were for governor, secretary of state, and attorney general in Michigan; governor and Senate in Pennsylvania; Senate in New Hampshire and Wisconsin; and Secretary of State in Minnesota and New Mexico, among others.

Aguilar, who was locked in a tight race with Marchant, declared victory in a pronunciation Friday evening.

Nevada voters used their vote to protect our democracy and the fundamental right to vote, he said. “This campaign was about defending democracy for all Nevadans and I am humbled that so many Nevadans set aside partisanship and stood up for free and fair elections. We must continue to reject extremism and those who threaten our democracy.”

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Aguilar’s win was praised by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who chairs the Democratic Association of Secretaries of Secretaries of State, before NBC News projected the race.

“Cisco Aguilar will be Nevada’s next secretary of state — a resounding victory for democracy,” Griswold said in a statement. “This victory means Nevada will have a Secretary of State who believes voters should determine election results, not politicians. We know Cisco Aguilar will serve its voters by protecting their elections and defending their right to vote.”

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