Democratic philanthropist Susie Lee won her party’s nomination with nearly 70 percent of the vote in the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada Tuesday night, squaring her up against Republican Danny Tarkanian.
Tarkanian, a pro-Trump businessman, dropped out of the state Senate race at the request of President Donald Trump in early 2018, opting instead to run for the 3rd Congressional District. In doing so, he further complicating an already-close Republican bench, but President Trump secured Tarkanian’s win by supplying an endorsement after he switched races. Many Republicans speculate, however, that his victory could lead to a general election loss as his pro-Trump bend may not be enticing for independent voters.
Lee, however, was widely expected to take the Democratic nomination, sporting endorsements from former Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and virtually every other liberal organization in Nevada, allowing her to breeze through to the nomination. (REALTED: Former Democratic Senator Harry Reid Diagnosed With Cancer)
Tarkanian won with more than 42 percent of the vote, beating out more centrist Republicans like Michelle Mortensen and Scott Hammond. If Tarkanian is able to win the general election, he will have secured an essential House seat for the GOP and pushed House Republicans further toward Trump.
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