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State, Local Races Come Down to Last Votes

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While the presidential race took the spotlight for most of Tuesday night, there were some hotly contested state and local races as well.

In particular, the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Nevada came down to the last minute. Republican Dean Heller took that race by just 12,000 votes, retaining his Senate seat over Democrat challenger Shelley Berkley.

"I just want to thank Nevada for having enough confidence to take me back and allowing me to continue to serve in this capacity," Heller told a crowd of supporters in Las Vegas after the race was called.

"I wish him well," Berkley said in her concession speech. "He's got an enormous task ahead of him representing the good people of the great state of Nevada."

Dean Heller was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by former Senator John Ensign.

Interestingly, nearly 45,000 voters chose the "none of these candidates" option over Berkley or Heller. That's about 4.5 percent of the total number of votes in the race, and with only a 12,000 vote margin, that could have definitely played a role in the outcome.

Berkley's term in Congress ends in January. Her seat has been filled by former Congressional District Three representative, Democrat Dina Titus.

The race for State Senate District 15, between Republican Greg Brower and Democrat Sheila Leslie, also came down to the wire. Brower took this one with 50.23 of the vote, over Leslie's 49.77 percent. That's just a 266 vote difference. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal the Democrats' camp is refusing to concede this race just yet. They say there are some "anomalies" they would like to see addressed first.

Channel 2 reached out to both campaigns for a comment  Wednesday. So far neither side has responded.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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