- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Republican Nevada Assembly candidate who lost in the primary dropped a legal challenge of the election results after a judge ruled against three other candidates who made similar arguments.

Connie Foust’s case was one of six filed by anti-tax Republican candidates who lost their races by more than 100 votes each but argued that voting machines may have malfunctioned. Judges have ruled against four of them so far, and only Steve Sanson’s challenge against Republican Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson is still pending.

“I had a good case,” Foust said in an email to The Associated Press, but “without the benefit of legal representation, I would be wasting the time and resources that are paid for by the taxpayers of Clark County.”

Foust, who dropped her case Tuesday, sought to unseat incumbent Republican Assemblyman Chris Edwards in a district that includes Mesquite. She lost by more than 700 votes, or 22 percentage points.

“That should’ve been an obvious clue that they lost,” Edwards said, pointing to the relatively wide vote margins in the contested races. “Their actions to try to overturn the will of the people are not appreciated by the people they wanted to call their constituents.”

Three candidates who lost their legal battles after a daylong hearing Monday had argued that the election results were far different from predictions they made on exit polling data. They wanted to see the paper documentation from voting machines that would corroborate the electronic tabulations. But Clark County elections officials argued that there were no malfunctions and no need for that step.

A lawyer representing the trio of Assembly hopefuls - Diana Orrock, Mary Rooney and Blain Jones - said he was considering an appeal.

“We are only trying to help to protect the integrity of the election system, thus increase the confidence of the public, but we are being blocked by the registrar from doing so,” Joel Hansen said in a statement. “If the registrar has nothing to hide, why is he preventing inspection?”

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