It has appeared for awhile that Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) would have the Republican gubernatorial primary largely to himself, but that changed within the past couple of weeks and officially so, yesterday. State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who scored a 51-41% open seat victory to secure his first statewide elected office in 2014, founded several financial companies and has written two books about the global financial sector. Mr. Schwartz will have capital to invest in his campaign, and may have strong appeal for the state’s more moderate Republican voters. Mr. Laxalt remains the favorite to capture the nomination, but the contest will now feature a serious primary. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is ineligible to seek a third term. The open Nevada Governor’s race will be highly competitive in the general election and must be regarded as a major toss-up campaign.
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