The battle for control of the Senate was being fought in Nevada on Friday night, as the Republican challenger’s lead narrowed to just 826 votes – with more votes expected to arrive at counting centers on Saturday.
Under Nevada law, votes postmarked on Election Day – Tuesday – can still be counted if they arrive four days later, on Saturday.
With 94 percent of the ballots counted in Nevada, Adam Laxalt, a former co-chair of Donald Trump’s Nevada campaign, had 48.5 percent of the vote.
His rival, incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto, had 48.4 percent – a difference of 826 votes.
Despite publicly projecting confidence, the former Nevada attorney general’s campaign is ‘bracing for a loss,’ a person currently advising the campaign who is familiar with internal deliberations told DailyMail.com.
‘There is an internal discussion right now on whether or not to ask for a statewide recount,’ the person said.
‘And that would obviously entail fundraising. So they are working at identifying fundraisers.’
Most of the outstanding votes to count are in Nevada are in Clark County – the largest and most populous county; home to Las Vegas; and generally seen as a Democrat-leaning area.
Ballots are still pouring in. And an estimated 165,000 votes have yet to be tallied.
Officials have until November 17 to finish the counting and submit a report to the Nevada secretary of state’s office, according to state law.