CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada's 2012 general election becomes official when the state Supreme Court convenes Tuesday to certify the results. More than 1 million Nevadans cast ballots in the November 6 election, for a record voter turnout of nearly 81 percent.
Nevada voters again backed President Obama, and retained Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller after a bitter campaign against Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.
Republican Rep. Joe Heck was elected to a second term, while former Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat who lost to Heck two years ago, won a different seat to return to Congress.
Former state Senate majority leader Steven Horsford becomes the first black to be elected to Congress from Nevada. The Las Vegas Democrat defeated Republican Danny Tarkanian to represent Nevada's newly created 4th Congressional District.
Secretary of State Ross Miller says Nevada distinguished itself nationally in the general election by having the highest percentage increase in voter turnout from the last presidential contest four years ago.
Miller says voter turnout in Nevada rose 4.5 percent this election, while nationally turnout was below 2008.
Miller's remarks came Tuesday as he presented an overview of the Nov. 6 general election before Nevada Supreme Court justices certified the results.
Miller credits Nevada's two-week early voting period and online registration availability for helping to boost the state's turnout.
More than 1 million Nevadans cast ballots, marking a new milestone in the Silver State and setting a record turnout of nearly 81 percent.