Nevada Senate hopeful Adam Laxalt admitted that his window for victory has narrowed as of Saturday morning, after the latest numbers have placed incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) within striking distance.
Laxalt, who was considerably ahead on Election Day, is now only 862 votes ahead of Cortez Masto with 95% of the votes counted, meaning the election will come down to the final 20,000 to 30,000 ballots that are being counted in Clark County.
“Here is where we are — we are up only 862 votes,” Laxalt tweeted Saturday. “Multiple days in a row, the mostly mail in ballots counted continue to break in higher Democrat margins than we calculated. This has narrowed our victory window. The race will come down to 20-30K Election Day Clark drop off ballots. If they are GOP precincts or slightly Democrat leaning then we can still win. If they continue to trend heavy DEM then she will overtake us.”
The two front-runners are in a dead heat, with Laxalt barely leading with 48.5% compared to Cortez Masto’s 48.4%, according to the Associated Press. Candidate Neil Scott, a member of the Libertarian Party, has 0.6% of the vote, and Barry Lindemann, who did not list a party preference, has 0.8%.
Nevada’s Senate race is one of the most crucial for Republicans during the midterm elections as the party looks to control both chambers of Congress. Republicans are seven seats away from the majority in the House of Representatives and two from the Senate as of Saturday. However, the Senate is down to its final two races, meaning Republicans would need to win the Nevada seat and a seat in Georgia to secure the chamber.
Another tight Senate race was in Arizona, which was called Friday for incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ). However, Republican challenger Blake Masters has not conceded the race while votes are continuing to be counted.
If Laxalt wins in Nevada, control of the Senate will be determined in Georgia on Dec. 6, when incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) faces Republican hopeful and former NFL player Herschel Walker in a runoff election.