Registration Gap in Washoe

The basic way that politics works in Nevada is that Clark County — i.e., Las Vegas and its suburbs — is Democratic and has a lot of people in it. Then Washoe County — i.e., Reno and its suburbs, plus some rural areas — is politically competitive and has some people in it. Then the rest of the state is very sparsely population and strongly Republican. Normally, though, Washoe breaks for the Republicans and thus Nevada is a Republican-leaning state. But Democrats are narrowing the registration edge in Washoe “county Voter Registrar Dan Burk said Republicans had 87,971 registered and Democrats 84,705, with a backlog of more than 5,000 registration applications awaiting processing. Since registration for the primary closed, the Republican edge has shrunk from 5,648 to 3,266.”