And one of the defining issues of the election for voters and analysts alike is election integrity.
The CNN poll asked respondents whether they were confident their state’s elections were “fair/accurate;” 76% answered that they were “confident” and 21% said they were “not confident.”
Unsurprisingly, 85% of respondents who said they weren’t confident in the election voted for Laxalt, who was the face of the Trump-backed lawsuits falsely alleging widespread voter fraud in the 2020 elections. Laxalt has subsequently admitted President Joe Biden won the election. Of the respondents who said they were confident, 59% reported voting for Cortez Masto, while 39% voted for Laxalt.
In the governor’s race, 89% of respondents who said they weren’t confident in the elections voted for Lombardo, who received Trump’s endorsement but later tried to distance himself from the former president. Lombardo has maintained that Biden won in 2020 but has advocated for ending universal mail in ballots and implementing other election changes.
Of those who said they had confidence in the election, 59% voted for Sisolak, while 38% voted for Lombardo.
Inflation, abortion splits voters
The exit poll also asked voters which issue which was most important to them. The economy was one of the most important issues for voters, with 36% of respondents ranking it the most important issue to their vote, followed by abortion, at 28%. Other listed issues include crime, immigration and gun policy.
In the Senate race, 89% who ranked abortion as their top issue voted for Cortez Masto, while 72% of those who chose inflation voted for Laxalt. The split was similar in the governor’s race. Of those who chose abortion, 87% voted for Sisolak, while 71% of respondents who chose inflation as their top issue voted for Lombardo.
Of the respondents, 34% identified as Democrat, 36% identified as Republican and 30% identified as independents.
According to CNN, responses came from in-person Election Day interviews and both telephone and online polls to reflect those who voted early or by mail. Interviews were conducted by Edison Research, and the full sample of those polled, which included 18,571 respondents, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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