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RENO, Nev. (AP) — County election officials wrapped up a two-day statewide recount of ballots in the Nevada GOP primary for governor Friday and the outcome did not appear to change in the state’s two most populous counties, showing second-place finisher Joey Gilbert losing to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo in a crowded field.

The Nevada secretary of state’s office confirmed Friday afternoon that all 17 counties had finished their recounts. Though officials did not post or comment on the unofficial results, Clark and Washoe counties confirmed that Lombardo had beaten Gilbert, who paid for the recount despite trailing Lombardo by 11 percentage points following the June 14 vote.

Clark and Washoe counties account for 75% of the ballots cast in the Nevada Republican primary for governor.

Gilbert, who was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, ran on a platform partially shaped by baseless claims of election fraud and has alleged that election workers did not properly verify signatures or monitor ballots and that votes for Lombardo were “injected” into the system. He has not provided any evidence for those claims.

He has said he did not expect the results to change much but sought the recount to later challenge the election results in court. He has the help of right-wing activist and crypto-businessman Robert Beadles, who unsuccessfully sued Nevada and state’s second most populous county seeking heightened observation of elections in the county.

“All they’re doing is using the same fixed and cooked ballots, putting them through the same, broken machines,” Gilbert said in a video filmed Thursday outside the Clark County elections department. “So, do I expect much to come from this? No. But it’s part of the process.”

The June 14 contest in Nevada proved largely successful for candidates endorsed by Trump and those who have called the 2020 election fraudulent. Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt co-chaired Trump’s reelection campaign in Nevada and led failed court challenges to overturn the state’s 2020 election results based on false election fraud claims. Secretary of State nominee Jim Marchant told voters at a candidates forum in February that their vote “hasn’t counted in decades.”

Despite contesting his own race, Gilbert congratulated Laxalt and Marchant on their victories, which were on the same ballot.

Gilbert’s team paid $190,960 to the Nevada secretary of state’s office on Friday afternoon before the 5 p.m. deadline, a total based on estimated costs submitted by each of Nevada’s 17 counties.

“We were all preparing for it,” said Sam Merlino, Nye County’s clerk, after submitting a cost estimate last Wednesday. “We all had a feeling there’s going to be an election contest or recount.”

For Republicans, Gilbert’s apparent rejection of the results reflect growing challenges two years after many in the party embraced disproven claims of election fraud. Party leaders want to encourage voting while also appealing to the tens of thousands who backed Gilbert and distrust elections.

The day after the election, state GOP chair Michael McDonald — who rejected the results of the 2020 election — rebuked Gilbert and said it was time to unite behind Lombardo in a rare instance of criticism of the far-right within the state party.

“The election is over. It’s been called. Joe Lombardo has won. We need to come together and unite,” he said, calling Gilbert’s reaction “emotional.”

Unfounded election fraud claims have already had effects in Nevada. Dozens of angry voters last week urged county commissioners in Clark and Washoe counties to vote against certifying the tallies, describing their own experiences at the polls and repeating conspiracy theories that nearly derailedcertification in New Mexico earlier this month.

Last week, two county commissioners in Esmeralda County conducted a hand count of all 317 ballots cast after the commission delayed the initial certification by one day. However, all counties certified elections by the Friday deadline.

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Justin Asuelo, Hercules, 5-10, 225, senior

Plugs the middle of the trenches as a two-way player at center and nose guard. One the team captains, he was a first-team all-TCAL Stone selection as a junior for a team that went undefeated in league play.

Soane Faasolo, Menlo-Atherton, 6-9, 280, senior

University of Washington commit is a two-way lineman whom M-A coach Chris Saunders said could be the area’s best and most dominant lineman. He played every snap on offense and a large number of snaps on defense last season.

Michael Forney, Archbishop Mitty, 6-4, 275, senior

A first-team all-WCAL selection last year, he’s drawn the attention of San Jose State and UC Davis on the recruiting trail. Showed off his strength during spring as one of three Monarchs to hit a home run on the baseball team.

Richard McKay, Clayton Valley, 6-7, 280, senior

An imposing figure in the trenches, the three-star recruit has offers from Arizona, Fresno State and San Jose State. He anchored an o-line that rushed for 290 yards per game and finished one win shy of qualifying for the NorCal playoffs.

Tyler Murphy, Acalanes, 6-4, 285, senior

Bulked up during offseason and appears a lock to play at the next level with offers from Air Force, Army, Eastern Washington, Fordham and Idaho. Will showcase his skills on Sept. 2 against Bishop O’Dowd.

William Ohai, Mt. Eden, 6-5, 350, junior

A first-team all-MVAL Mission selection last fall, this behemoth also played every game during the spring COVID-19 season as a freshman. A finisher in the trenches with great feet and balance, he plays with passion and intensity.

Cooper Powers, De La Salle, 6-5, 285, senior

Three-star recruit and TCU commit peppered with close to 20 offers. A two-way player this fall, he was a second-team all-EBAL Mountain selections as a junior for an offense that piled up nearly 3,500 yards on the ground and over 5,000 overall.

Manuel Serna, Clayton Valley, 6-5, 255, junior

Caught the eye of former Liberty coach Ryan Partridge, now an assistant at UMass – which has offered Serna a scholarship. Currently listed by 247Sports as No. 124 recruit out of California for the class of ‘24.

Ryan Silver, Serra, 6-4, 300, senior

Three-star recruit and San Diego State commit, he also received offers to join Mountain West Conference from Fresno State, Nevada and San Jose State. Padres are fresh off a first-ever appearance in CIF Open Division state final.

Champ Taulealea, Valley Christian, 6-4, 325, sophomore

While only tapping into his vast potential, already has Pac-12 offers from Arizona and Cal, while San Jose State has also thrown its hat in the ring. Will team up with junior Rayne Mayo Jr. as a formidable duo in the trenches.

Derek Thompson, De La Salle, 6-2, 285, senior

Ivy League-bound three-star recruit was a team captain as a junior. “Team leader,” DLS coach Justin Alumbaugh said. “His decision to commit to Harvard is a testament to who he is.” A first-team all-BANG selection last fall, the returning three-year starter is the strongest player for the Spartans.

Siaki Tonga, Antioch, 6-0, 225, senior

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Ikinasio Tupou, Palo Alto, 6-6, 240, junior

Sure to be a fast-riser in the recruiting trail, the three-star recruit’s only current offer is from San Jose State. Blessed with length, strength and balance, the agile tackle is ranked by 247Sports as No. 28 recruit out of California for the class of ‘24.

Laird Wheeler, San Ramon Valley, 6-2, 275, senior

A second-team all-EBAL Mountain selection last year, the three-year starter and two-star recruit currently has an offer from Air Force. Boasts a 4.1 GPA and 1450 SAT to prove he’s not only a mauler but also cerebral.

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