Correction: Election 2018-Nevada-Things to Know story

November 7, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about the U.S. Senate race in Nevada, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jacky Rosen had held state and federal offices for nearly three decades. Dean Heller held state and federal offices for three decades. Rosen has been in office since January 2017.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Nevada voters to decide pivotal races for Senate, governor

Nevada voters will decide pivotal races for U.S. Senate and governor that could set a course for state politics for a decade


Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada voters will decide pivotal races for U.S. Senate and governor that could set a course for state politics for a decade.

Their ballots also will determine if Democrats keep two Las Vegas-area seats in the U.S. House, and whether Republicans hold onto five statewide offices.

More than 50 legislative races and six statewide ballot questions are also on the ballot.



Nevada has one of a handful of close races that could help flip control of the U.S. Senate from Republican to Democrat.

Incumbent Dean Heller has been in the Senate since he was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2011. He is the only GOP senator in the nation seeking another term in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Heller’s opponent is U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat who represents a Las Vegas-area district. She is a former computer programmer and software consultant who was managing a synagogue when longtime Nevada Sen. Harry Reid recruited her to run for office in 2016.

She’s not as well-known as Heller, who has held state and federal elected offices in the state for nearly three decades.

Rosen could benefit from a wave of Democratic and female activism fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump.

Heller, meanwhile, has grown close to Trump after a rocky start, with both highlighting a desire to get more of the president’s judicial nominees confirmed.



Two open House seats drew familiar faces in southern Nevada.

The 3rd District, held by Rosen, is a race between education philanthropist Susie Lee, a Democrat, and Republican Danny Tarkanian — the son of former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. Danny Tarkanian has made half a dozen runs for office since 2004 but has not yet won an election.

Their district is split fairly evenly, and Tarkanian lost it to Rosen two years ago by fewer than 4,000 votes.

The race in Nevada’s 4th District is a matchup between two men who each held the seat for a single term.

Democrat Steven Horsford, who held the seat until 2014, is running against Republican Cresent Hardy. Hardy won the seat in 2014 but lost it two years later to Democrat Ruben Kihuen.

Kihuen, the state’s first Latino elected to the U.S. House, was a rising star in state politics but decided not to seek another term amid multiple sexual harassment allegations, which he has denied.

In Nevada’s other two congressional races, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, a Republican, are expected to cruise to re-election.



In the governor’s race, a Republican from a political dynasty is running against a powerful Las Vegas-area Democrat.

Nevada hasn’t had a Democratic governor in nearly two decades, and the one elected Tuesday will oversee the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts after the next U.S. Census.

Democrat Steve Sisolak, who chairs the council that oversees the Las Vegas Strip, became a prominent figure following last year’s mass shooting at a country music festival. His opponent is Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt and son of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico.

Laxalt has aligned himself with Trump and the NRA but did not earn the endorsement of current GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval. Ryan Bundy, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy who was involved in two armed standoffs with federal agents, is making an independent run for governor.



Voters also will also decide contests for attorney general, secretary of state, lieutenant governor, treasurer and state controllers.

The attorney general’s race is between Democrat Aaron Ford, the Nevada Senate majority leader, and Republican Wes Duncan, the former assistant state attorney general.

Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske is being challenged for re-election by Democratic state Assemblyman Nelson Araujo.

In the open lieutenant governor’s race, Nevada Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson faces Democrat Kate Marshall, the former state treasurer.

The race for state treasurer is also open. Republican Bob Beers is running against Democrat Zach Conine. Incumbent GOP Controller Ron Knecht is being challenged by Democrat Catherine Byrne.



More than 50 legislative seats are up for election.

Voters will decide not only whether to keep the Legislature under Democratic control but whether to give Democrats a supermajority by electing a few more.

Nevada could also make history by electing the country’s first female-majority legislature. Women would need to win at least five seats — four in competitive races — to take the majority.

One race where a female candidate faces an uphill battle is Assembly District 36. Democratic educator Lesia Romanov is running in a GOP-majority district against Republican Dennis Hof — Nevada’s best-known brothel owner, who died in October. If Hof is elected, county officials will pick another Republican to fill the seat.

Voters also will settle six ballot questions, including one that would break up a monopoly by electric utility NV Energy. The measure has drawn about $100 million in campaign spending from opponents and supporters.



The Nevada secretary of state’s office is warning voters to watch for misinformation and reminding them that they can’t cast ballots through a text message, on the phone or online.

The only way to cast a vote Tuesday is in person. Voters needed to be registered by Oct. 18. Nevada has hundreds of polling places, which can be found at the secretary of state’s office website.

In four counties — Clark, Washoe, Douglas and Carson City — voters can cast a ballot at any of voting center location. In all other counties, voters must cast a ballot at their assigned polling place.

Polls open across the state at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. can still cast a ballot.


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