Former state Assemblyman Jim Marchant, an ally of former President Donald Trump who worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election, won Nevada’s Republican nomination for secretary of state. Should Marchant go on to win in the general election, the role would make him the state’s top election official.
As a member of Nevada’s alternate slate of pro-Trump electors, Marchant sought to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the state in 2020. Nevada was among the states that allies of Trump targeted in his bid to secure a second term after he lost the election. Trump lost the state by more than 33,000 votes.
Marchant also lost his own congressional bid that year, which he also attributed to unfounded claims of fraud. He has said he would not have certified the 2020 election had he been in office at the time.
During his campaign, Marchant has also pushed for the elimination of ballot scanners in favor of hand-counting ballots, a process election experts say would delay results and increase inaccuracy.
At a February debate, Marchant told viewers, “Your vote hasn’t counted for decades. You haven’t elected anybody.”
Since leaving office, Trump has endorsed a series of candidates for state office that would oversee elections. His efforts to primary elections officials in Georgia who certified that state’s results for Biden failed last month.
Nevada’s incumbent GOP Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske is term-limited. Marchant will face Cisco Aguilar in the general election, who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.