Joe Lombardo has taken a huge lead in the Republican gubernatorial primary in Nevada less than a month after receiving an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
Lombardo has 35% support among likely GOP voters, according to a recent poll by the Nevada Independent. The next closest candidate is Joey Gilbert, who voted 15%. Dean Heller received 11% and John Lee came in fourth with 9%. The remaining 11 candidates received no more than three percent support.
Lombardo, who is serving his second term as Clark County sheriff, received Trump’s endorsement in late April.
Trump praised Lombardo’s military service and added that he would “fiercely protect our Second Amendment under siege, oppose sanctuary cities, support our law enforcement, veto any Liberal tax increases, protect lives, and secure our elections.”
President Donald J. Trump announces his endorsement of Joe Lombardo for Governor of Nevada pic.twitter.com/5tBkGNVM79
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 28, 2022
Despite Trump’s endorsement of Lombardo, the Republican Party of Nevada threw its support behind Gilbert. The poll found that 43% of Nevada GOP voters first identified as Trump supporters, compared to 42% who first identified as Republican Party supporters.
According to Mike Noble, the pollster’s head of research, “An endorsement from Trump is currently the most impactful endorsement a Republican candidate can receive in a primary election right now.”
Noble added that Lombardo is the “undisputed frontrunner” in the primary election.
“Anything can happen from now until Election Day, however, a lot has to go wrong for Lombardo, and a lot has to go right for his opponents to catch him at this point in the race,” Noble said.
The poll polled 500 likely Republican voters from May 10-12. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.38%.
Lombardo’s advance comes less than two weeks before the state begins early voting on May 28. The Nevada GOP primary will take place on June 14.