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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s first House special election has attracted a ballooning field of would-be contenders in the opening days of the candidate filing period.

At least five independents, 15 Republicans and eight Democrats were scrambling to win the title as of late Friday, and more are expected to jump in before the June 30 filing deadline.

For many, it’s a unique opportunity to see their name on a ballot. For others, it’s a shot at 15 minutes of celebrity and the soapbox that comes with it. Most have no hope of winning because of their sparse name recognition or inability to raise campaign donations.

The unusually large candidate roster stems from a handful of relaxed election rules. Unlike most contests, there won’t be a primary and there are no fees to enter.

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