The political world is focused on the western United States on Saturday, as officials work through the night to tally votes in key races.
The races for Nevada’s Senate seat and Arizona’s governorship have yet to be called. Large counties in both states are working to reduce the tens of thousands of ballots that remain uncounted.
Races that we are following
In Nevada, Republican Adam Laxalt holds a narrow 860-vote lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
Democrats are expected to take control of the Senate if Cortez Masto wins. If she loses, the fate of the upper house will be decided in the Georgia runoff election in December.
In Arizona, Democrat Katie Hobbs leads Republican Kari Lake in the governor’s race by about 31,000 votes.
The campaign has been characterised by Lake’s unfounded claims about the 2020 election and Hobbs’ role as Arizona secretary of state.
Where we anticipate seeing results this evening
Large counties will release a significant number of results in both states taking centre stage tonight.
Clark County, Nevada: According to county registrar Joe Gloria, Clark County, Nevada’s most populous and home to Las Vegas, will release results from its remaining 22,000 mail ballots tonight.
This batch of results will be released “sometime this afternoon or early evening,” he said, with an estimated time of 7 p.m. ET at the most.
Washoe County, Nevada: According to election officials, the next batch of results will be released on Saturday night around 11 p.m. ET.
There are approximately 12,000 ballots left to be counted there, according to officials, though it is unknown how many will be included in Saturday night’s batch of results.
Washoe County, which includes Reno, is Nevada’s second-most populous county and is considered a swing county.
Maricopa County, Arizona: More results from Arizona’s most populous county are expected around 10 p.m. ET Saturday.
Bill Gates, the county’s elections supervisor, told CNN that he expects a vote drop similar to last night, when the county reported about 80,000 more votes.
According to Gates, there are approximately 275,000 ballots left to count in the county, which includes Phoenix.