Congressional incumbents ward off challenges, head to the general

By: - June 14, 2022 11:22 pm

Nevada incumbent Democratic U.S. Reps. Susie Lee, Steven Horsford and Dina Titus. (Lee photo by by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Horsford photo by Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom; Titus photo, Nevada Current file)

All four congressional incumbents are on track to win their primary seats with the three Democrats heading into what is expected to be a grueling general election with sizable war chests. 

Five-term incumbent U.S. Rep Dina Titus held a big election night lead over her opponent Amy Vilela, the former state co-chair for the presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won the Nevada presidential caucus in 2020. 

Titus previously criticized how state lawmakers and the governor for how congressional districts were redrawn in redistricting – the maps shifted thousands of registered Democrats from congressional district 1 which Titus represents into the 3rd and 4th districts, which are considered swing districts and have switched party control over the past decade. Titus warned the move had put all three Democratically held at risk in the general election.

“National Republicans know that their path to controlling the House runs through District One, and this result sends a clear message that the people of Southern Nevada will not be divided,” Titus said in a statement. “This is the most crucial election of our lifetimes. From voting rights and reproductive freedom to economic recovery and workers’ rights, there is too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.” 

Vilela, who received a late endorsement from Sanders, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford in the 2018 primary for CD4.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission, Titus has raised more than $1.2 million as of May 25 and has $1.2 million cash on hand. 

Titus is likely to face Republican Mark Robertson, a retired army colonel. 

Eight Republicans ran for the primary in CD1, including former U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy, who was trailing three other candidates. 

Robertston has raised $542,621 and had $130,452 on hand. 

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, is on track to defeat her primary challenger Randell Hynes.

Lee has held the seat since 2018. Donald Trump carried the district in 2016, and President Joe Biden narrowly won the district back in 2020. 

Lee will face off in the general election against real estate attorney April Becker, who was endorsed by the Nevada State Republican Party and Republican U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and who easily defeated four other Republicans in the primary. 

Becker narrowly lost her bid for a state Senate seat to Democratic Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro in 2020 and filed a lawsuit seeking a new election over alleged voter inaccuracies. 

Nevada Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office conducted an audit of the 2020 election which was released in April 2021 and found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.  

Lee has raised $3.4 million and has $2.3 million cash on hand while Becker has raised $1.2 million and has $249,366. 

Horsford, who didn’t face a primary challenger, first won his seat in the 4th Congressional District in 2012. 

He then lost in the red wave of 2014, but regained the seat in 2018 and successfully defended it in 2020.

Horsford is poised to face retired U.S. Air Force Major and insurance company owner Sam Peters, who ran for the seat in 2020 but lost the Republican primary to Jim Marchant, who won the Republican secretary of state primary this year.

This time around, Peters was challenged by two other Republicans including Assemblywoman Annie Black.

Peters is endorsed by members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, as well as controversial Republican politicians and personalities including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and far right talk radio host Wayne Allyn Root. 

Horsford has raised $2.7 million as of May 25 and has $2 million cash on hand as of May 25. Samuel has raised $716,381 with $81,115 on hand.  

Republican Mark Amodei, who’s represented the 2nd Congressional District since 2011, is on track to beat Danny Tarkanian, who has now lost congressional bids in three out of four of the state’s congressional districts. 

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Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.