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Governor Announces Special Election

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LAS VEGAS –  Gov. Brian Sandoval has scheduled a first-of-its-kind Nevada special election to fill a U.S. House vacancy for Sept. 13. Republican U.S. Rep. Dean Heller’s seat needs to be filled because Sandoval has named him to replace resigning Sen. John Ensign.

“In anticipation of Congressman Dean Heller’s resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives to serve in the United States Senate, I am preparing to call for a special election,” Governor Sandoval said.  “With an election in early September, Nevada will have a full voice as the House begins its work this fall.”

There will be no primary under state law, and rules about how candidates should file to run in the general election remain unclear.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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