With votes still being counted early Wednesday morning, Democratic incumbent Rep. Susie Lee is leading Republican candidate and former wrestler Dan Rodimer in the race for the 3rd Congressional District with 48.2 percent of the vote to Rodimer’s 46.7 percent.
“A record number of Nevadans have voted this year, by mail, early in-person, and in-person on election day,” Lee’s campaign said in a statement. “While we know everyone is anxious to get results, we will patiently wait for every vote to be counted. With the majority of votes in, we feel confident that Susie Lee will maintain her current lead, and is in a strong position to win re-election to Congress.”
The seat was expected to be the most competitive of Nevada’s four congressional races. Lee, who won her 2018 election by more than 25,000 votes, is a Democrat representing a district Donald Trump won in 2016. Early Wednesday she was leading Rodimer by a little more than 5,000 votes.
The campaign between Lee and Rodimer quickly heated up with attacks being fired back and forth.
Lee and The Nevada State Democratic Party launched ads and a website called “Big Dan, Bigger Problems” highlighting Rodimer’s history, including a 2010 incident at a Waffle House in Florida where he was arrested for an alleged battery.
Rodimer has attacked Lee’s ethics after her husband’s gaming business received millions in loan money from the Paycheck Protection Program, which was part of the coronavirus relief funding passed in March. The entire Nevada delegation, including Republican Rep. Mark Amodei, lobbied in the spring for gaming businesses to become eligible for assistance after originally being excluded.
Earlier numbers have the other congressional incumbents ahead.
In the 4th Congressional district, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford led by a little less than 7,000 votes, with 49.7 percent to 47.3 percent over Republican Jim Marchant.
Horsford won his 2018 election against Rep. Crescent Hardy by 20,000 votes.
If Horsford’s lead holds, it will be the first time the district will have consistent representation.
Following the creation of the district in 2010, Horsford won the seat in 2012 only to lose it in 2014 to Hardy, a year when Republicans also swept every statewide office and won control of both houses of the Nevada Legislature.
The district flipped again in 2016 when Ruben Kihuen ousted Hardy by a little more than 10,000 votes. After allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in 2017 resulting in a House Ethics Committee investigation, Kihuen opted not to seek re-election in 2018.
Horsford returned and faced Hardy once again, this time winning by almost 20,000 votes.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Dina Titus won her re-election against Republican Joyce Bentley.
As of vote tallies reported early Wednesday morning, Titus lead by more than 45,000 votes, with 61 percent of the vote to Bentley’s 34 percent.
“I am humbled to have once again earned the support of my constituents,” Titus said in a statement. “Representing District 1 in Washington is the honor of my life. Southern Nevadans are hurting badly right now and I will do everything in my power to provide relief.”
Leading by more than 51,000 votes and a 57 percent to 41 percent advantage, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei was projected to win reelection to the 2nd Congressional District against Democratic candidate Patricia Ackerman.
He has held the seat since he won a special election in 2011.