Douglas completes governor primary recount

Clerk-Treasurer Amy Burgans participates in the Carson Valley Days Parade on June 11.

Clerk-Treasurer Amy Burgans participates in the Carson Valley Days Parade on June 11.


Douglas County election workers wrapped up a recount in the Nevada Republican primary race for governor on Thursday.

Clerk-Treasurer Amy Burgans said the count took around 11 hours to complete and that she planned to transmit the results to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office on Friday.

Reno attorney Joey Gilbert challenged the vote after he lost to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo in the primary, which determined who will face Gov. Steve Sisolak in November.

Gilbert filed for a recount on Wednesday and under Nevada law, counties have five days to complete the count.

Gilbert was required to pay $191,000 to recount the results, with $3,304.04 of that in Douglas County. Should Gilbert prevail, under state law he wouldn't have to pay the recount costs. Burgans said that she wasn’t allowed to release the numbers from the recount, but that it did not alter who won the race in Douglas.

At the original canvass conducted June 24, Lombardo won Douglas County 3,593-3,391, a margin of 202 votes.

Of Nevada’s 17 counties, Gilbert won Carson City, Churchill, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and White Pine.

But there were 11,944 votes for Gilbert in all of those counties combined, which he won by 3,817 votes. Lombardo won Clark County by 28,257 votes.

Douglas County commissioners are scheduled to certify the recount on Thursday. The canvass will only address the race between Lombardo and Gilbert and no other candidate for governor, including Carson Valley restaurant owner and surgeon Dr. Fred Simon.

County commissioners meet 10 a.m. July 7 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.

The meeting is online at


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