LAS VEGAS — Democrat Kristen Spees has emerged as the winner in her party’s 2nd District primary and will face Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei in the November general election.
Spees, an attorney from Incline Village, topped a field of four candidates Tuesday, including Reno physician Vance Alm, Gardnerville store clerk Brian Dempsey and Reno engineer Ed Lee.
Amodei had no primary challenger in the district, which covers the northern part of Nevada and has never elected a Democrat.
The district is 43 percent Republican, 33 percent Democratic and 17 percent registered nonpartisan.
Rep. Steven Horsford trounced two little-known challengers, Mark Budetich Jr. and Sid Zeller, in his bid for the Democratic nomination. His district stretches from urban North Las Vegas to the rural northern towns of Yerington and Ely.
“After a year and a half on the job, I am under no illusion that making Washington work is easy,” Horsford said in a statement Tuesday after declaring victory. “But I am also not disillusioned. With hard work, we can make a difference in the lives of working Nevadans who need someone to stand by their side.”
The Republican primary was much more competitive, with Assemblyman Cresent Hardy beating out tea party strategist Niger Innis.
Erin Bilbray beat a little-known primary opponent, Zachary “Mr. Z” Campbell, for the Democratic nomination in the In the 3rd Congressional District.
Three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, a Republican, faced no primary challenge.
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus scored an easy victory Tuesday against her lone Democratic primary challenger, Herbert Glenn Peters. The defeat adds to Peters’ losing record, which also included eight congressional race losses in Nevada and California.
Titus is also expected to sail to victory in November, bolstered by a wide 2-to-1 Democratic registration advantage in the 1st District.
But “we never take any election for granted,” Titus said after her win. “We’ll continue working hard for the district.”
In the competitive GOP primary, Dr. Annette Teijeiro defeated lawyer Jose Padilla. Both come from immigrant families and will compete in a congressional district that is 43 percent Latino.
Titus said she can hold her own in a race against either.