Early voting in Nevada is officially over. The ballots stopped at 9 p.m. on Friday and our state saw record turnout this year.
An estimated 50 percent of registered voters in the Silver State cast their ballots early. It's estimated nearly 80 percent of registered voters will vote when it's all said and done. That means it'll be a mad dash for the remaining 30 percent.
The early votes won't be counted until the polls close on Election Day. Don't count on quick results that night.
"Our responsibility is to count them accurately before we count them quickly. We try to get them out as quickly as possible. We've worked very hard to update our election reporting site, which is available not only to the media but to the public in general," said Deputy Secretary of State for Southern Nevada Robert Walsh.
For the candidates, these final days will be a push for every last vote.
"There's desperation to an Election Day operation that is important if you're going to do it well," said FOX5 political analyst Dan Hart.
Hart said that means candidates will need to not only rally the base to get to the polls but make sure others get there as well.
Hart added that what happens at the top of the ticket will have a huge trickle-down effect on the races below. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley may need an overwhelming Democratic turnout in Clark County to beat opponent Dean Heller, for instance.
"I think if Barack Obama wins Nevada by, say, seven or eight points, then Dean Heller may be in trouble. If Obama wins by four, then Dean Heller may be OK," Hart said.
If Mitt Romney wins Nevada, Democrats up and down the ticket could be in for a long night.
While the final numbers won't be in until Saturday, Nevada will break the record for early voting set during the last presidential election.
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