Democrat Aguilar wins Nevada’s Secretary of State, defeating Jim Marchant, a member of the Republican Party and Trump’s endorsed candidate. Jim Marchant plunged to scrap voting machines and asserted that all Nevada winners who have won since 2006 have been “installed by the deep-state cabal.”
Jim Marchant couldn’t secure his place in the election, and his loss depicts the recent loss of election plot theories who looked to gain control of elections in competitive states. Marchant arranged a group of 17 such Republican candidates for the election held in 2022, and all lost their races except two candidates named Diego Morales and Kari Lake. Diego was elected as the secretary of state in Indiana, and Kari Lake’s competition for Arizona governor lasted too close to call.
Marchant, Mark Finchem, a state lawmaker of Arizona, joined the Jan.6 protests, and Michigan’s Kristina Karamo was the most well-known secretary of the state candidates because they looked at the office supervising voting in three of the six swing states that distincted the winners of the presidential election held in 2020. Their bids took out millions of dollars outside unrolling from the Democrats and their supporters on ads warning voters about them. On the contrary, the Republican Party’s gears that normally support Secretaries of states didn’t hold up any election conspiracy theorists, and they accumulated paltry sums of the fund.
“Their candidates showed voters who they were, and the voters rejected them,” said Ellen Kurz, a Democratic strategist whose group iVote spent $15 million against the conspiracy theorists. “Voters saved democracy.”
Aguilar wins Nevada’s Secretary of State, promised to increase security for poll workers, and regain public trust in the elections that were fully blemished by false assertions of voter fraud, including by his election-denying competitor. He will also replace Barbara Cegavske, the only current interstate-elected Republican and one of the most vocal attackers of conspiracy theories that have charged unfounded suspicion in voting machines.
“We must continue to reject extremism and those who threaten our democracy,” Aguilar said in a campaign after announcing victory on Friday.
Marchant not only lost Nevada’s Secretary of State race but also lost even as the GOP candidate for governor won, part of a pattern of election disapproval running behind the tickets that are left, including Minnesota, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.
Cegavske has supervised elections in Nevada since the year 2014 and has continuously backed the results as reliable and authentic despite attacks from the 45th president Donald Trump and also other Republicans, which led the state party to criticize her. Her scrutiny found no reliable and solid proof of extensive voter deceit in Nevada in 2020.
Besides running the election for states, Nevada’s secretary of state also operates the state’s campaign, finance filing, business licenses, and endorsers.
The voting system has completely changed in Nevada in the past four years. The Democratic-controlled Legislature carried out changes in exchange for the COVID-19 pandemic, encompassing sending mail votes to everyone who votes, and it was implemented permanently.
Aguilar said in an interview that was held in early November that his first priority in the office would be to make it a misdemeanor to pester election toilers and participants.
Aguilar spent eight years on the Nevada Athletic Commission and operated as legal counsel for Nevada’s higher education Chancellor Jim Rodgers and Agassi Graf, an administration company run by married couple tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
Marchant was earlier a state assemblyman and congressional candidate, and he was not the only Republican election that got rejected on the ballot in Nevada. Adam Laxalt, who is a U.S. Senate nominee, co-chaired Trump’s reelection campaign in Nevada. He led failed court provocations to reverse the presidential election result of 2020. Laxalt couldn’t secure a place against Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who won a second-term election on Saturday.
Unlike other conspiracy theorists, Marchant gave up the trappings of a typical campaign. He held a few public events open to journalists. Many businessmen supported Marchant and his colleagues, spending tens of millions of dollars on grassroots associations, documentary-style movies, and other media pushing the belief that the presidential election of 2020 was taken from Donald Trump.
Kim Rogers said, “These guys have this infrastructure, which is how they communicate, and they didn’t think they needed a campaign structure.”
Marchant moved across deep-red, ruler Nevada, circulating conspiracy theories and requesting County commissions to appeal hand counts from clerks who manage elections.
Aguilar said that he would value “local decisions” if counties offered him a plan of action to hand-count votes while ensuring that the process is legal.
He said, “It’s going to be having uncomfortable conversations. It’s going to be a lot of listening.”