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By Rosemary Pollock

Mormon Candidate In Nevada Helped By DOMA Turnout

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- In the Las Vegas, Nevada County Commission race between Lois Tarkanian and Chip Maxfield, the key to Maxfield's victory may be found in the large turnout of conservative voters. The final tally saw the underdog Maxfield pull off a 546-vote on Tuesday.

The departure of campaign veterans Gary Gray and David Crowell contributed to the upset but not as much as the controversy surrounding the campaign. Question number 2 on the ballot was to ensure the passage of the ban on gay marriages. Maxfield, a first-time candidate and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had an enormous turnout of conservative voters going to the polls in large numbers to secure the outcome.

Prior to the polls opening, Tarkanian's camp had polling figures that showed their candidate 8 points ahead of Maxfield. The large Mormom vote seems to have energized the voters and secured the outcome of the race.


Turnout of conservative voters may have been key to Maxfield's victory
Las Vegas NV Review-Journal 10Nov00 T2
By John L. Smith


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