Speed Reads

2018 elections

Nevada Democrats pick Rep. Jacky Rosen to challenge Sen. Dean Heller, both parties pick governor nominees

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) easily won Tuesday's Democratic primary in Nevada to face Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), the only incumbent senator up for re-election this year in a state won by Hillary Clinton. Nevada Democrats also picked Clark County Commission chairman Steve Sisolak over fellow commissioner Christina Giunchigliani for their gubernatorial candidate, while Republicans chose Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the son of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and grandson of Paul Laxalt, a former Nevada governor and U.S. senator.

Heller's primary victory was assured after President Trump urged GOP activist Danny Tarkanian to quit the race. Tarkanian instead won the GOP primary for Nevada's competitive 3rd congressional district — which Rosen is leaving to run for Senate — and he will face Democratic philanthropist Susie Lee. In the 4th congressional district, Nevada's other swing district, Democrats chose former Rep. Steven Horsford, while Republicans chose former Rep. Cresent Hardy (R). In the 2nd congressional district, Rep. Mark Amodei (R) fended off a challenge from conservative activist Sharron Angle.