CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State Sen. John Lee is bowing out of Nevada’s congressional race for a newly created seat.
The Democrat from North Las Vegas on Monday said he will instead seek re-election to the state Senate.
Lee’s departure opens the way for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, who also has announced his candidacy for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.
Lee in a statement says he wants to avoid a bitter primary battle.
Republican state Sen. Barbara Cegavske has said she will seek the GOP nomination for that post.
Democrats have a 13 percentage point advantage in voter registration in the district that also includes a large swath of rural central Nevada where many voters are Republican.
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