Nevada Residents Fed Up With Inflation As Midterm Elections Approach

Residents of Nevada have been vocal recently about their disgruntlement with inflation, indicating that they are ready to hold Democrats accountable for the economy.

One woman shouted her concerns to Democratic canvassers in East Las Vegas last week.

“You think I am going to vote for those Democrats after all they’ve done to ruin the economy?” she asked.

The canvassers turned out to be part of the Culinary Workers Union, a collective of thousands of cooks, bartenders, and housekeepers that have actively campaigned for Democratic candidates.

Ted Pappageorge, the secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Workers Union, acknowledged the woman’s sentiments, remarking himself that inflation was a huge issue for Nevada residents.

“There is a significant amount of nervousness and fear about the economy and especially about the cost of housing,” Pappageorge said. “Your gas costs more, your rent costs more.”

“Working families are hurting,” he added.

While Democrats have enjoyed continued success in Nevada, the tides appear to be shifting. Sixty percent of Nevada voters are Republican or Independent.

John Ashbrook, a consultant for the senatorial campaign of Adam Laxalt, highlighted the effect of inflation on voter mentality, saying the issue has “created an electorate that simply wants change.”

According to recent polls, in the race for governor, current Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) narrowly trails Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (R). Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto also trails her Republican opponent, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Republican candidates also currently lead Democrats in elections for statewide offices. Republican Sigal Chattah leads incumbent Democrat Aaron Ford in the race for attorney general by two percentage points. Jim Marchant leads Democrat Cisco Aguilar by eight points for secretary of state.

Nonetheless, it will come down to the voters that show up on election day. OHPI chief research and managing partner Mike Noble emphasized that this unknown makes midterm elections particularly difficult to gauge.

“I would say midterm elections are arguably the most difficult to poll because that is truly the guesswork of who is going to show up?” said Noble. “And that truly matters.”