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Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo to Challenge Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak

Posted: June 15, 2022, 9:51 a.m.

Last update: June 15, 2022, 10:06 a.m.

Joe Lombardo will face Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) in the 2022 gubernatorial election scheduled for Nov. 8.

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Steve Sisolak, then Clark County Commission Chairman, and Sheriff Joe Lombardo on October 4, 2017, three days after a lunatic killed 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip. Sisolak and Lombardo are expected to run against each other in the 2022 state gubernatorial election. (Image: Getty)

Lombardo, the top law enforcement official in Southern Nevada, chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Clark County Sheriff, defeated four major Republican challenges featured by the former United States Senator from Nevada Dean Heller and defense attorney Joey Gilbert.

Lombardo was declared the winner early this morning after winning around 39% of the vote. Sisolak easily won the Democratic primary with nearly 90% of the vote.

Sisolak and Lombardo each have nearly 100% name recognition in Nevada. Lombardo was the face of law enforcement’s response to the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.

Sisolak, like so many other Democrats across the country, faces a tough re-election due to soaring inflation, high gas prices and a plummeting economy. The governor has also been criticized for his handling of the pandemic. Lombardo thinks Sisolak has been far too restrictive on business throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Lombardo Betting Favorites

Facing a host of political and economic challenges, a majority of Nevadans responding to a recent poll expressed support for change in Carson City. Three polls since April on a Sisolak-Lombardo head-to-head give the sheriff a nearly 15-point advantage over the incumbent.

Political bettors on PredictIt are also announcing an expulsion of Sisolak from the Nevada Governor’s mansion. Bettors betting on the Nevada governorship were more strongly backing Lombardo, pushing his Nov. 8 win shares to 60 cents. Sisolak’s stock is only 40 cents.

As is the case in the Nevada Senate race between former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) and incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D), betting momentum is behind the GOP nominee in the race for governor. In March, the PredictIt market essentially had Sisolak and Lombardo tied.

Both the governor and his challenger believe they are Nevada’s best option to pull the tourism-dependent state out of the pandemic within the next four years.

This is a victory for parents and the education of their children. This is a victory for safer communities. And that’s a win for small business owners,” Lombardo said last night on his election night in Las Vegas.

Sisolak told supporters that Lombardo would flip-flop on the progress the state has made since taking office in early 2019.

“It’s all on the line this year,” the governor proclaimed. “I am running against a candidate who wants to snatch our progress. The people of Nevada deserve someone who will do the work to raise every family, not someone who has spent the last 12 months taking both sides and lying to voters about where they stand on issues.

Vegas’ Darkest Days

October 1, 2017 marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The motive for the lone gunman’s actions has never been determined.

Lombardo was dining with friends on the Strip at a steakhouse in the Palazzo when the first shots rang out from a 32nd-floor suite in Mandalay Bay. The sheriff rushed to the scene, along with hundreds of other first responders.

Sisolak and Lombardo were at the forefront of the Las Vegas response.

In the days following the horrific massacre, Lombardo and Sisolak, the latter serving as Clark County Commissioner at the time, shared the stage in front of the media to provide updates on the investigation. Now the once-united local leaders will compete for the honor of leading the governance of the state for the next four years.