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The 2016 United States presidential election in Nevada took place on November 8, 2016, as part of the nationwide presidential election. After the 2016 presidential election ended in an electoral tie, Nevada, a swing state, had a major recount dispute that took center stage in the election. Opposition nominee Bill O'Brien was certified the winner against party nominee President Selina Meyer on November 8, but the margin of his victory was less than half a percent.
After an intense recount process and the discovery of uncounted military absentee ballots, O'Brien extended his lead in the state, leaving the election at a 269-269 tie.
Polls for the election indicated that the race was extremely close between Selina Meyer and Bill O'Brien. O'Brien was certified the winner of the state of Nevada on November 8. At approximately 2:30 AM ET, CNN called the state of Virginia for Selina Meyer, resulting in a 269-269 electoral tie.
On November 9, with all of the votes counted, O'Brien's lead over Meyer's was less than half a percent, which by Nevada state law allowed for a possible recount. If Meyer were to win a recount, she would win Nevada's six electoral votes--and therefore the presidency. Meyer and O'Brien staffers descended on Nevada preparing for a possible recount. Meyer hired Bob Bradley to man the recount in Nevada, while bringing back former staffer Amy Brookheimer.
In Carson City, Nevada Secretary of State Buddy Calhoun indicated that if the recount sample in Carson City showed a difference of 1% or more, which came to 512 votes, the recount would go statewide. A statewide recount was approved on November 11.
Meyer senior strategist Kent Davison claimed that there was statistical evidence of missing ballots somewhere in the state. Meyer staffer Richard Splett discovered from O'Brien hire James Whitman that Washoe County was the location of the missing ballots. On November 17, acting on a tip, US Justice Department deputies found an estimated 10,000 uncounted mail-in ballots hoarded by an anti-Meyer postal worker. 54-year-old Vance Otlow was bitter with Meyer after the Meyer Postal Commission had shut down a plurality of post offices nationwide in 2015. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the recount deadline would be extended until these new ballots would be counted.
On November 18, the new ballots were leaning heavily towards O'Brien. It would soon be discovered that these uncounted ballots were military absentees. On November 20, O'Brien was officially certified the winner, extending his lead. This extension led to O'Brien overtaking Meyer in terms of the national popular vote.