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Nevada retailer finishes third in GOP primary for governor's race

Published June 14, 2018
Las Vegas Cyclery owner Jared Fisher lost to Trump-endorsed Adam Laxalt.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (BRAIN) — Las Vegas bike retailer Jared Fisher finished a distant third in the GOP primary for the Nevada governorship this week.

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"We did not survive the primary election this time, but then again neither did Abraham Lincoln his first eight times running for office," Fisher told supporters on his campaign's Facebook page. "We will continue to work hard for Nevada in whatever capacity is needed. We are just getting started."

Fisher owns Las Vegas Cyclery and the RTC Bike Center in Las Vegas, Moab Cyclery in Utah, and Escape Adventures, which leads bike tours around the Southwest. He was the first Republican to enter the race and embarked on a 1,400-mile bike ride "listening tour" soon after the announcement last year.

Fisher finished with 4.7 percent of the vote, trailing state Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who won 9 percent of the vote, and the state's attorney general, Adam Laxalt, who took a landslide 71.5 percent of the vote. Laxalt will face Democrat Steve Sisolak in the general election.

Fisher was a longshot candidate from the start, facing two better-known and better-funded candidates.

In a report last week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Laxalt outraised and outspent both rivals by a wide margin. President Donald Trump also endorsed Laxalt, by tweet, on Tuesday afternoon.

In an interview with BRAIN last year for the Interbike Show Daily, Fisher was lukewarm in his support for Trump. "I don't tell people who I voted for," he told BRAIN. "But I will say I respect the presidency of the United States of America and I think it's important that everyone in America does that. I prefer to focus on what I need to get done for the state of Nevada. I don't have time to think about Donald Trump."

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