Sisolak, Lombardo win big in Nevada Primary


10:37 p.m. The sheriff heading the local investigation of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds has won a second term heading the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo easily topped the second-place finisher, former North Las Vegas police Lt. Tim Bedwell, in Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary.

Lombardo won outright by drawing more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff in November.

Lombardo and Bedwell were trailed by Clark County School District Police union chief Matt Caldwell, former Las Vegas police detective Gordon Martines and Gregory Heiny.

9:45 p.m.

Voters picked two candidates for a November runoff to replace one retiring Nevada Supreme Court justice.

Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish and State Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Tao were the top vote-getters Tuesday among five candidates seeking to succeed retiring Justice Michael Cherry.

They topped Carson City attorney John Rutledge, Lyon County District Judge Leon Aberasturi and Las Vegas lawyer Alan Lefebvre.

The November ballot also will offer a choice between current Justice Lidia Stiglich and Clark County Family Court Judge Mathew Harter. They did not face a primary because they were the only two candidates to seek the seat.

Nevada Court of Appeals Judge Abbi Silver will replace retiring Justice Michael Douglas on the seven-member state high court in January, after she drew no primary challenger.

9:35 p.m.

Danny Tarkanian has won the Republican primary for Nevada’s 3rd District congressional seat left open by the incumbent Democrat who’s running against GOP Sen. Dean Heller in November.

The son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian will face Las Vegas Democrat Susie Lee in the high stakes battle that is expected to be the most expensive congressional race in Nevada this fall.

Lee clinched the Democratic nomination Tuesday. Both candidates raised well over $1 million in their primary campaigns.

Tarkanian didn’t enter the House race until March when President Donald Trump and others persuaded him to abandon an aggressive bid to knock off Heller in the Senate primary.

The incumbent congresswoman, Jacky Rosen, won the Democratic Senate nomination Tuesday for the right to challenge Heller in November.

9:17 p.m.

Steve Sisolak, a Nevada politician backed by former Sen. Harry Reid, has won a contentious Democratic primary for Nevada governor.

Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission, bested his commission colleague Christina Giunchigliani and four other candidates on Tuesday.

Sisolak outraised and outspent Giunchigliani in the race and earned backing from former Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid.

He’s expected to face Republican state Treasurer Adam Laxalt in the November election.

Sisolak has spent a decade on the governing body for Clark County, which includes the Las Vegas Strip and about two-thirds of the state’s residents.

Nevada hasn’t had a Democratic governor in two decades. Moderate Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval is leaving the office because he is term-limited.

9:05 p.m.

A former Republican state senator and Las Vegas City Council member will face a Democratic businessman in November for Nevada state treasurer.

Bob Beers defeated Henderson certified financial planner Derek Uehara in primary voting Tuesday.

Beers will face Las Vegas businessman Zach Conine in the race to replace outgoing GOP Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who lost a primary bid for governor.

Conine was an executive at the Golden Nugget casino-hotel in Las Vegas and an investment analyst before co-founding the business consulting firm Joseph Beare & Co.

Beers cites a background as a certified public accountant. He served in the state Senate from 1999 to 2008, lost primary bid for governor in 2006 and was elected to the city council in 2012. He lost a re-election bid in 2017.

8:50 p.m.

Nevada Republican Cresent Hardy has won the GOP primary for the 4th District congressional seat he held in southern Nevada for one term before Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (KEE’-hihn) defeated him two years ago.

Kihuen announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election to a second term amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Hardy, a former state legislator, unseated then-Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in the 2014 general election.

Horsford won the nomination in the Democratic primary Tuesday night, setting up a rematch in November in the swing district that stretches from north of Las Vegas through four rural counties.

Hardy defeated five other lesser-known challengers in the GOP primary.

Horsford, the first African American elected to Congress in Nevada, faced five other opponents in the Democratic primary, including state Sen. Patricia Spearman.

8:45 p.m.

A Republican former assistant state attorney general will vie against the Democratic state Senate leader for the top state law enforcement position in Nevada in November.

Wes Duncan advanced in the GOP primary for state attorney general with a Tuesday win over Las Vegas lawyer Craig Mueller.

Aaron Ford topped Democratic challenger Stuart J. Mackie, a northern Nevada farm owner.

Duncan was a top aide to Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who is running for governor, and became a partner in the Nevada law firm Hutchison and Steffen with former GOP Lt. Gov. Mark Steffen.

Duncan resigned from the Assembly in 2014 to join Laxalt’s office. He has Laxalt’s backing.

Ford is an attorney from Las Vegas who was elected to the state Senate in 2012 and 2016.

He has backing from the state’s Democratic congressional delegation.

8:37 p.m.

Nevada’s top election official has won her party primary over a little-known challenger and will face a Democratic contender in November.

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (seg-AHV’-skee) on Tuesday easily won the Republican primary over Ernest C. Aldridge.

Cegavske is seeking a second term as secretary of state after serving 12 years in the state Senate and six years in the state Assembly.

She is a former convenience store franchise operator from Las Vegas.

Her Democratic challenger will be Nelson Araujo, a state assemblyman since 2014 who served as assistant party leader last year.

Araujo once worked for Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. He did not draw a primary challenger in his party.

8:36 p.m.

A former two-term state treasurer will face a former state Senate minority leader for Nevada lieutenant governor in November.

Kate Marshall easily topped unknown challenger Laurie L. Hansen in Democratic party primary voting on Tuesday.

Former Republican legislative leader Michael Roberson advanced in his party primary over four other candidates: Brent Jones, Eugene Hoover, Scott Anthony LaFata and Gary Anthony Meyers.

The winner in November will replace Mark Hutchison, an attorney who was elected in 2014 and decided last year not to seek re-election in 2018.

Roberson aligns himself with conservative Republican causes and led the Republican Caucus in the Nevada Senate for three sessions.

Marshall, who lost two elections since 2011, was endorsed by nearly every major state Democrat.

8:30 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei has defeated conservative activist Sharron Angle and won the Republican Party’s nomination as he seeks re-election to Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District.

Amodei defeated Angle Tuesday in the race for the district covering Nevada’s northern half.

Amodei is expected to win re-election in November to the Republican-heavy district.

He was first elected in 2011 to replace Dean Heller, who had been appointed to the U.S. Senate.

Angle is a former legislator who gained national attention in 2010 when she unsuccessfully challenged ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. She also lost a 2016 bid to become the GOP’s nominee to replace Reid.

8:11 p.m.

Democrat Steven Horsford has won the Democratic primary for the 4th District congressional seat he held in southern Nevada for one term before Republican Cresent Hardy defeated him in 2014.

He’ll face a rematch in November against Hardy, who captured the GOP nomination Tuesday night in the swing district that stretches from north of Las Vegas through four rural counties.

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election to a second term amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Horsford became the first African-American to represent Nevada in Congress when he was elected in 2012. He beat five other Democrats in the Tuesday’s primary, including state Sen. Patricia Spearman.

Horsford released a statement:

Nevadans have spoken loud and clear tonight: they are sick and tired of the chaos and confusion coming from Washington and want their families to come first for a change. They are demanding that their representatives drive down prescription drug costs and fight for universal health care, ensure our schools prepare our children for the future and keep them safe, and create good-paying jobs that give the middle class a fair shot at success. "Our supporters, volunteers, and organizers have made this winning campaign possible. To them: thank you, you are our grassroots backbone and will carry us to victory in November. "To every candidate who ran in the Democratic Primary: thank you for rallying Democrats in Nevada's Fourth Congressional District. Your passion for service is inspiring and I will fight for our shared values. This November, Nevadans will have a choice between decency, civility, and solutions or an NRA-endorsed shill for Donald Trump. We cannot afford a congressman who voted against commonsense background checks to stop criminals, the mentally ill and suspected terrorists from obtaining deadly weapons; who has advocated for raising the retirement age to 75; and who has voted to strip health care away from millions of Americans. I’m running to represent Nevadans, not just as a check on this out of control White House, but as a tireless advocate who will find solutions for all of us. I look forward to bringing Nevadans together, the campaign ahead, and standing up for all families.

8:02 p.m.

Democrat Susie Lee cruised to an easy primary victory in a key congressional race in Nevada, setting up a battle in November for the seat left open when U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen decided to run for Senate.

Lee captured the Democratic nomination against largely unknown rivals Tuesday night in the 3rd District covering much of suburban Las Vegas.

The wealthy Las Vegas philanthropist, who has an endorsement from Vice President Joe Biden and financial backing from several national abortion rights groups, is expected to face Republican Danny Tarkanian in November.

The son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian faced five other GOP congressional hopefuls after deciding in March to drop an aggressive campaign to defeat Sen. Dean Heller in the Senate primary.

8:01 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus has easily locked up the Democratic nomination as she runs for re-election in Nevada’s 1st Congressional District.

The congresswoman on Tuesday defeated challenger Reuben D’Silva.

Titus is a former University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor and former state legislator who was first elected in 2012.

D’Silva is a high school teacher and former Marine who was awarded the Purple Heart after he was injured in Iraq in 2007.

Titus’s Las Vegas district includes the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding neighborhoods. It leans Democratic and her re-election in November is considered a safe bet.

7:56 p.m.

Nevada Republican Dean Heller has secured his party’s nomination as he seeks re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Heller defeated four others in the Republican primary on Tuesday. He was able to cruise through his primary race after President Donald Trump earlier this year persuaded Heller’s main challenger, Danny Tarkanian, to drop out. Tarkanian sought a U.S. House seat, instead.

Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican U.S. senator seeking re-election this year because he’s the only one running in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Heller was a past critic of the president but has become closer to him in recent months and helped deliver the overhaul of the U.S. tax codes to Trump’s desk in December.

7:58 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen has become the Democratic Party’s nominee to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller in November.

Primary election results Tuesday show Rosen sailed past five lesser-known Democrats.

Rosen is a former computer programmer, software designer and president of a Henderson synagogue who narrowly won her House seat in 2016 after being recruited to run by former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid.

She has portrayed Heller as a flip-flopper who has cozied up to President Donald Trump.

Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican U.S. senator seeking re-election this year because he’s the only one running in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Rosen released a statement:

Representing Nevadans in Congress has been the honor of my life, and I look forward to continuing this service as Nevada’s next Senator,” said Rosen. “I’m proud of my record putting partisan games aside to work across the aisle and find real solutions, and I’m running for Senate because Nevada needs a problem-solver who will have the backbone to put hardworking families ahead of the powerful special interests in Washington. Sen. Heller has spent the last year letting Nevadans down by breaking his promises to protect our health care, passing a fiscally irresponsible tax bill to benefit his super-wealthy donors, and failing our Dreamers to placate his party’s leaders. Nevadans deserve a senator we can trust to always put Nevada first, and I’m going to keep earning the support of voters across this state as we work to flip this seat.

7:56 p.m.

Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt has defeated more than half a dozen opponents to become the GOP nominee for Nevada governor.

The 39-year-old faced state Treasurer Dan Schwartz and six other lesser-known candidates in Tuesday’s election.

Laxalt is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who has served as the state’s chief prosecutor since 2015. He’s the grandson of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt and son of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico.

He supported Donald Trump for president in 2016.

He’s backed in his bid for governor by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group funded by the wealthy Koch brothers.

Moderate Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval is leaving the office because he is term-limited.

7 p.m.

Results are upcoming in dozens of legislative and primary races in Nevada now that polls have closed.

The most closely watched race Tuesday is the gubernatorial primary race in which Clark County Commission colleagues Steve Sisolak and Christina Giunchigliani are vying to be the state’s first Democratic governor in two decades.

Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley has said voters were turning out in higher rates than past primary elections because of the close primary race to succeed outgoing Gov. Brian Sandoval in November.

Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is expected to breeze through the primary race after President Donald Trump earlier persuaded his strongest GOP opponent to drop out.

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