State Sen. Kevin Priola has switched his party registration to Democrat from Republican, the Henderson lawmaker announced Monday, citing ongoing concerns about the GOP’s embrace of 2020 election conspiracies and unwillingness to work on legislation to combat climate change.
The surprise move improves Democrats’ chances of maintaining their power at the Capitol after the November election. Democrats outnumber Republicans 21-15 in the Senate as a result of the change.
“I cannot continue to be a part of a political party that is OK with a violent attempt to overturn a free and fair election,” Priola wrote in a letter announcing his decision.
Priola is not up for reelection this year — his term ends in January 2025 — but Republicans were hoping to pick up a handful of Senate…
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