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In Nevada Senate rate, Democrat leads by a single point

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., attends a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in Las Vegas.
  • Masto edges Laxalt, 45%-44%, in Nevada Senate race.
  • Why it matters: Nevada is GOP’s best chance of flipping a Senate seat.
  • The governor’s race is a dead heat, 43%-43%.
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Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is hanging on to an edge of a single percentage point over Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in Nevada’s pivotal Senate race, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds.

As the campaign heads into its final week, voters are split 45%-44% in a contest considered crucial to control of the U.S. Senate. Republican strategists see Nevada as their best chance of flipping a Democratic-held seat, potentially altering the balance of power in a Senate now divided 50-50.

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One sign of the state’s importance: Former President Barack Obama, considered the Democrats’ most persuasive closer, is slated to campaign Tuesday in Las Vegas with Masto and Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak.

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