Nevada Primary Scorecard
Contested races for governor and Congress yesterday in Nevada played out as expected with Rep. Jim Gibbons (R) and state Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus (D) winning their party primaries for governor.
Gibbons, who has been considered a heavy favorite throughout the contest, won 48 percent of the vote to 29 percent for state Sen. Bob Beers and 18 percent for Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt. Titus defeated Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson 53 percent to 36 percent to claim the Democratic nomination in a race that was not as close in the end as many party observers expected.
If polling is to be believed, Gibbons starts the general election with an edge over Titus. A Mason-Dixon poll conducted prior to the primary showed Gibbons ahead 46 percent to 35 percent in a hypothetical general election. The storyline of this race is simple. Gibbons will paint Titus as an out-of step Las Vegas liberal; Titus will work to use Gibbons service in Washington as an anchor around his neck.
In the other closely watched race, Secretary of State Dean Heller appeared to edge out Assemblywoman Sharron Angle in the Republican primary for Gibbons' soon-to-be vacant 2nd district seat. Heller took 24,781 votes (35.14%) to Angle's 24,353 (34.53%) -- a 428-vote margin that could be subject to a recount. Gibbons' wife -- Dawn -- placed third with 25 percent. Assuming Heller remains the nominee he will face University of Nevada Regent Jill Derby (D) in the fall.
None of the other federal contests were competitive. Tessa Hafen, a former staffer for Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (D), easily won the Democratic nomination in the 3rd district and will take on Rep. Jon Porter (R) in November. Jack Carter, the son of former president Jimmy Carter, cruised to a victory in the Democratic Senate primary. Sen. John Ensign (R) remains a strong favorite in the fall.
Next Tuesday brings us the Alaska primary where Gov. Frank Murkowksi (R) is in real danger of losing his party's nomination. Stay tuned.
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