As Election Day approaches, election deniers are in dead heats with their opponents in three statewide races.
There’s no evidence of systemic fraud in the 2020 election—or any other election in the U.S. More than 60 courts have rejected claims of rigged elections and voter fraud, but many GOP candidates tout the unfounded allegations. On Nov. 8, 60% of Americans will see an election denier on their ballots, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, a site that focuses on poll analysis.
In Nevada’s U.S. Senate contest, several polls released in the third week of October showed Adam Laxalt, Nevada’s top salesman for the unfounded lie that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, leading incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by one or two points, which is within the margin of error.
Polls in September put Cortez Masto ahead by 3 points in a race that is too close to call.
Jim Marchant, the Republican secretary of state candidate who thinks Nevada hasn’t had an honest election since 2006, was leading Cisco Aguilar by two or three points in October polls.
Marchant—who wants the state to return to paper ballots, and who has pledged to end mail-in voting—has consistently polled ahead of Aguilar. Marchant is arguably the most visible among a group of seven election deniers running for secretary of state offices nationwide.
In the Nevada attorney general race, an October poll showed GOP challenger Sigal Chattah, an election denier, leading Democratic incumbent Aaron Ford by two percentage points. The survey, by The Nevada Independent and OH Predictive Insights, showed Chattah with a 39-37 lead.
In the Nevada governor’s contest, the FiveThirtyEight polling averages in October consistently showed Republican Joe Lombardo about two points ahead of incumbent Democrat Steve Sisolak. Lombardo, a Trump ally, isn’t an election denier, but he has been careful to keep on good terms with the former president, who has endorsed him and recently campaigned for him in the Silver State.