Election denier Jim Marchant wins Nevada Republican secretary of state primary
Jim Marchant, a prominent election denier and former Nevada state legislator, has won the Republican secretary of state primary, NBC News projects.
LAS VEGAS — Jim Marchant, a prominent election denier and former Nevada state legislator, has won the Republican secretary of state primary, NBC News projects.
With 33 percent of precincts reporting around 2 a.m. ET, Marchant had 38 percent of the vote. Jesse Haw, a businessman and former member of the state Senate, had 18 percent of the vote, while Richard Scotti, a former state judge, had 17 percent.
With his win, Marchant, who continues to falsely claim that President Joe Biden did not win the state, gets one step closer to being elected the top elections official in Nevada, a crucial swing state where efforts by allies of former President Donald Trump to overturn the last presidential election have persisted in the years since the race.
As the figure overseeing the state office administering the 2024 presidential election, Marchant, if victorious in November, would wield the power of the office to possibly affect the outcome of the race. Some experts say that scenario could contribute to an even more robust effort to overturn the next presidential election. Trump is weighing another bid in 2024.
Marchant now advances to the general election against Democrat Cisco Aguilar. Republican incumbent Barbara Cegavske is term-limited.