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Nevada Governor Wins Democratic Primary in Landslide With PM-Nevada Primary-Glance

September 7, 1994 GMT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ Gov. Bob Miller won the Democratic nomination in a landslide while an anti- tax lawmaker defeated the first Asian elected to statewide office on the Republican gubernatorial ballot.

Political consultant Hal Furman clinched the GOP Senate nomination in Tuesday’s primary by defeating businessman Charles Wood and three other candidates. In the fall Furman will face Sen. Richard Bryan, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the Democrats’ battle for the governor’s mansion, with 93 percent of precincts counted, Miller had 72,027 votes, or 62 percent, to 32,374 votes, or 28 percent, for his closest challenger, Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones. Four others trailed, including a perennial candidate who has changed his name to Rhinestone Cowboy.

On the GOP side, state Assemblyman Jim Gibbons had 54,201 votes, or 50 percent, to 35,790 votes, or 33 percent, for Nevada Secretary of State Cheryl Lau.

A poll leading up to the primary showed Gibbons in a close race with Lau, who in 1990 became the first Asian-American to win statewide elective office.

But Gibbon picked up steam by focusing on his November ballot proposal to restrict tax increases statewide.

In the GOP Senate race, Furman had 54,199 votes, or 50 percent, to 27,873 votes, or 26 percent, for Woods.

Woods has previously run as a Democrat for a variety of offices in several states, including a bid for Alabama governor against George Wallace in 1970.

Miller was elected lieutenant governor in 1986 and became acting governor in 1989 when then-Gov. Bryan moved to the Senate. Miller won his first four- year term in 1990.