The results of yesterday’s primary came out pretty close to what we had predicted.
The county commissioner’s race results were as we had hoped and predicted, with the three incumbents gathering more than the fifty percent needed to win the seat without going to the general election.
In Congress District 4, Niger Innis lost to Cresent Hardy – and the blame for that outcome can be placed on his campaign manager, scheduling manager and all the other “managers” he may have trusted with his campaign.
We believe that Innis would have gathered enough votes to bite Hardy and advance to the generals with the incumbent in District 4, who is a Harry Reid protégée.
The race for Lt. Governor was a no-brainer in both parties; the RINO (Republican in name only) and another Harry Reid ally, Sue Lowden, lost to Mark Hutchison, who gathered more than fifty percent, allowing him to advance to the general without a problem to challenge the Democratic favorite, Lucy Flores.
The Sheriff race may have surprised a few people when the voters allowed the Gillespie tapped-on-the-shoulder anointed one to stay in the race.
Many were betting on former Captain Larry Burns and former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody to advance to the general, but the general election now will be between the anointed one and Larry Burns. We can only hope that voters will choose Larry Burns as their next sheriff, which will break the “inheritance chain” created a few years back when the outgoing sheriff anointed the candidate of his choice to take over the job.
In District Court Department 2, we are looking forward to the race between campaign manager Dave Thomas’ puppet, Richard Scotti, and our favorite attorney, John Glenn Watkins, who has one of the best reputations among the legal community as well as client satisfaction. Las Vegas Tribune is very proud to have a John Watkins billboard in front of the newspaper’s building.
In Family Court Department B, local long time attorney Joe Scalia will challenge another Dave Thomas puppet, Linda Marquis, in the general; some of Scalia’s supporters are hopping that the rest of the candidates backers turn their support to Scalia, who has more experience than Marquis.
In Family Court Department C, the race will be between Jack Howard and Rebecca Burton, who is in Dave Thomas’ stable of candidates. As in Department B, Howard can use the support and backing of the other candidates in that race.
In Department J, the incumbent, Judge Kenneth Pollock, is going face-to-face with another of Dave Thomas’ followers, who is only 3 percent ahead of Pollock despite all the money she paid to Thomas.
The incumbent in Department L will be challenged by well known family attorney Paul Gaudet, who gathered 8 percent less than the incumbent.
In Family Court Department P, the incumbent, Judge Sandra Pomeranze, with almost 40 percent of the votes, will be challenged by Attorney Nathan Gibbs, who got 35 percent of the votes.
And in Family Court Department T, the already expected took place when the voters ignored the opinion of the daily paper and ousted the incumbent Gayle Nathan, making the race in the general election between the former judge that the daily paper dislikes so much and another family court attorney who is another favorite with the daily.
For more about the results of the primary election, listen to Face the Tribune daily radiotribune.com to learn more about the results of this week’s election when Bob Beckett and Ed Uehling, along with a parade of candidates and well known political figures, discuss several aspects of the primary election.