A handful of caucus-backed candidates lose primaries – The Nevada Independent

As the dust from the primary election began to settle, the results of the legislative race began to shed light on which candidates will be in the spotlight in November, as well as multiple upsets against caucus-backed candidates.

The key findings also underscored the massive turnover the Legislative Assembly will face in 2023. Three of the four caucus leaders have left their leadership positions after 2021, and nearly a third of legislative incumbents are either removed from office, or refused to stand for re-election.

Democrats control 12 of 21 state Senate seats and 26 of 42 Assembly seats. The party strengthened its advantages in swing districts after the state redistricting process in 2021, but the looming possibility of a red wave in 2022 could see many of those seats swing. Republicans have not controlled either legislative chamber since 2015.

Although no incumbent was defeated in the primary election, three of the five Republican candidates for the state Senate supported by the caucus leadership did not win, while three of the seven candidates endorsed by the caucus of the GOP Assembly were either losing or in races still too close to call Wednesday. .

On the Democratic side, Selena La Rue Hatch, backed by the state teachers union, upset a candidate endorsed by the Assembly caucus, while two progressive incumbents fended off key challenges backed by business groups .

Report of The New York Times indicates that about 69% of the votes were reported in Washoe County and about 85% were reported in Clark County, Wednesday afternoon. Votes will continue to be counted until Saturday and exact counts will be available at The Nevada Independents Election results page next week.

Senate

Congresswoman Lisa Krasner (R-Reno) took the lead in a close four-way battle to represent Northern Nevada’s Senate District 16, narrowly leading incumbent nominee Don Tatro and right-wing radio host Monica “Jaye “Stabbert.

The four-vote primary, which also included health care businessman Tim Duvall, was one of the most expensive primaries to vote in, with Krasner and Tatro (endorsed by the state Senate GOP) taking both the relatively rare step of airing television advertisements for a legislative primary.

Early results showed Tatro, appointed to the seat last year, leading in Carson City, while Krasner posted leads in Washoe County. The district’s strong Republican streak in voter registration means the primary winner will easily claim victory in the general election.

Congresswoman Robin Titus (R-Wellington) is leading Congressman Jim Wheeler (R-Minden) in the Republican primary to represent Senate District 17. The rural district includes Churchill, Lyon, Douglas, Mineral, Esmeralda and Nye counties.

Although Wheeler garnered more support in Douglas and Nye counties, Titus — endorsed by the state Senate’s GOP caucus — led the polls in the remaining counties. Still, about half of the votes in Douglas County had yet to be counted by noon Wednesday.

The crowded Republican primary to face incumbent Sen. Marilyn Dondero Loop (D-Las Vegas) in Senate District 8 saw former casino executive and entrepreneur Joey Paulous top the 8-person field with about a quarter of the vote.

Paulous posted a lead of several hundred votes against his opponent Joshua Dowden, a financial services businessman. Jennifer Fawzy, a real estate agent backed by the Senate Republican caucus and several incumbent senators, is in fourth place.

Dondero Loop, who was first elected to the state Senate in 2018, did not face a Democratic primary opponent. The district encompasses parts of Summerlin, including the Peccole Ranch area.

In Senate District 9, Republican Tina Brown is edging out victory over Tina Peetris by a significant lead. Brown has been endorsed by the Senate GOP caucus and will face incumbent Sen. Melanie Scheible (D-Las Vegas) in the general election for control of that southwest Las Vegas district.

A competitive Democratic primary in Henderson’s Senate District 12 saw caucus-backed Julie Pazina win over Clark County School District Administrator Lisa Guzman, who was backed by the school teachers union. ‘State. Pazina, who narrowly lost a bid for the state Senate in 2018, garnered more than half of the vote. The district encompasses large parts of Henderson — a geographic area represented by Republican Keith Pickard, who is not leading this cycle.

On the Republican side, Cherlyn Arrington appears to be winning comfortably against GOP caucus-backed April Arndt, winning about half of the votes in the Republican primary for state Senate District 12. She will face Pazina in the general election.

Incumbent Sen. James Ohrenschall (D-Las Vegas) defeats opponent Jacqueline Alvidrez (a Trump supporter) in the Southern Nevada Senate District 21 Democratic primary with a double-digit lead. Fellow incumbent Fabian Donate (D-Las Vegas) is also on his way to a primary victory over opponent Jack “JT” Absher in State Senate District 10.

In Senate District 2, represented by Sen. Mo Denis (D-Las Vegas), Congressman Edgar Flores (D-Las Vegas) will face Republican Leo Henderson in the general election. Henderson beat his two opponents with almost 40% of the vote.

In Northern Nevada, former Democratic Assemblyman Skip Daly is winning the Democratic open primary for Senate District 13 with nearly two-thirds of the vote so far. The Democratic Senate Caucus-endorsed candidate is ahead of progressive community organizer Nnedi Stephens, who was endorsed by the Nevada State Education Association.

The district was represented by former state senator Julia Ratti (D-Sparks) until she resigned in November, citing a decision to step out of her state’s Senate district boundaries.

If successful, Daly will face the only Republican candidate: retired Air Force Col. Matthew Buehler, who ran for Washoe County Treasurer as a Democrat in 2018 but lost in the election. general.

Assembly

Retired Detective Sergeant Brian Hibbitts is leading a four-way Republican primary in Assembly District 13 that is open following Assemblyman Tom Roberts (R-Las Vegas)’s unsuccessful bid to run Clark County Sheriff. Dental anesthetist Steven DeLisle and far-right candidate Vem Miller follow the frontrunner.

In the district’s Democratic primary, life coach Will Rucker appears to have emerged victorious with nearly half the vote. But Rucker faces an uphill battle in a district that continues to favor Republicans even after the redistricting.

Teachers union-backed educator Selena La Rue Hatch defeated Assembly Democratic caucus-backed veteran Alex Goff in the Democratic primary in Northern Nevada’s Assembly District 25, with nearly two-thirds of the votes.

La Rue Hatch will face conservative author and former Washoe Republican Party Chairman Sam Kumar in the general election. Kumar was endorsed by former Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt. Represented by Congresswoman Jill Tolles (R-Reno), who announced in October that she would not run again, the former red riding is now leaning slightly towards blue. It is considered a draw in general elections.

Geologist and natural resources manager Richard “Rich” Delong leads a host of Republican candidates with nearly a third of the vote. He is followed by Kinross Gold chief hydrologist Jay Dixon and emergency physician Greg Juhl.

With no Democrats vying for the seat, Delong will be the district’s next representative.

Washoe County School District Administrator Angie Taylor appears to have sent primary opponent Brian Lee, executive director of the state’s teachers’ union, to the area’s Assembly District Democratic primary. of Reno 27, represented by the Assembly named Teresa Benitez-Thompson (R-Reno). Benitez-Thompson endorsed Taylor.

Taylor won more than two-thirds of the votes. She will face Republican Carmen Ortiz in the general election.

Two Democratic legislative incumbents easily survived primary challenges from candidates spurred by business groups and outside money.

In Henderson Assembly District 29, incumbent Lesley Cohen easily dispatched main challenger Joe Dalia. During the 2021 legislative season, Cohen drew the ire of natural gas utility Southwest Gas through a bill to ditch fossil gas in new construction. The gas utility funded an outside group that produced letters attacking Cohen, while another business-aligned PAC called Nevada Rising also got involved in the race on Dalia’s behalf.

Fellow Democratic incumbent Cecelia Gonzalez also easily beat leading challenger and former court administrator Chuck Short in the Assembly District 16 Democratic primary, despite similar corporate-backed outside support for Short.

Cohen’s general election opponent was still unknown as of midday Wednesday — Assembly Republican Caucus-backed Rhonda Knightly holds a slim lead over primary challenger Natalie Thomas.

Gonzalez will face Jesse “Jake” Holder in the general election, having nearly won more than half the vote in the district’s three-way Republican primary.

Lyon County Commissioner Ken Gray also seemed likely to knock out GOP Assembly caucus-backed candidate Blayne Osborn in the Republican primary for Assembly District 39, with a seat vacated by Republican Congressman Jim Wheeler. The district’s heavy Republican voter registration advantage means that the winner of the primary election will almost certainly win the general election.

Gray, who led the initiative to rename the Lyon County Justice Building after former President Donald Trump, won about 54% of the vote, boosted by a strong performance in Lyon County .

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