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(Las Vegas, NV) — Tuesday’s primary set the stage for the November’s general election.

 

GOVERNOR

A little-known Democrat challenger has won his party’s gubernatorial primary and will make a longshot bid to unseat Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval in November.

Robert Goodman, a retired state economic development commissioner, emerged Tuesday from a field of eight candidates that included a casino executive, a lawyer, an artist and a radio show host.

State Democratic Party leaders were unable to persuade any high-profile candidates to take on the hugely popular governor who already has raised more than $3 million in campaign funds and easily dispatched of four challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

LT. GOVERNOR

State Sen. Mark Hutchison has won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in a divisive contest with ex-state lawmaker and one-time U.S. Senate hopeful Sue Lowden.

Hutchison advances to the November election against Democrat Lucy Flores, a state assemblywoman from Las Vegas who cruised to victory in her primary Tuesday night.

Hutchison, a first-term senator and wealthy lawyer from Las Vegas, had the backing of Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Lowden lost the 2010 GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to tea party conservative Sharron Angle, who went on to lose to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Hutchison’s campaign ads attacked Lowden for making contributions to Reid’s re-election campaigns in the 1980s.

NV SENATE-District 20

State Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson has captured the Republican primary, defeating a conservative challenger Carl Bunce who was backed by the state GOP Party.

Roberson drew the ire of a conservative right that now leads the party when he reneged on a no-tax pledge and supported the continuation of $620 million in temporary taxes during the 2013 legislative session.

The Henderson attorney also was denounced for proposing higher mining taxes as an alternative to a business tax proposal pushed by the teachers union.

Bunce ran the 2012 presidential campaign in Nevada of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Roberson will face Democrat Teresa Lowry in the November general election in District 20.

U.S. HOUSE-1st District

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus will face Dr. Annette Teijeiro in November after each candidate won their party’s 1st District primary.

Titus sailed past a little-known Democratic Herbert Glenn Peters, who’s lost several congressional races in Nevada and California.

Teijeiro defeated lawyer Jose Padilla in a competitive race.

Teijeiro faces a tough challenge in the general election.

Democrats have a 2-to-1 registration advantage, and the only Republican to ever hold the seat was former U.S. Rep. and Sen. John Ensign.

U.S. HOUSE-3rd District

Democrat Erin Bilbray has defeated a little-known opponent, and will now challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Heck in November.

Bilbray bested Zachary “Mr. Z” Campbell in Tuesday’s primary election for the 3rd District, which includes Henderson and parts of Las Vegas.

She’s the daughter of a well-known former Nevada congressman and the founder of an organization that grooms women to run for office.

Her race against second-term congressman Heck promises to be one of the most-watched in the country. Democrats and Republicans hold a nearly equal share of the district, which also includes a sizeable bloc of registered nonpartisans.

Heck, who’s a doctor and member of the Army Reserves, had raised almost four times as much cash as Bilbray ahead of the primary.

U.S. HOUSE-4th District

Establishment-backed Cresent Hardy has won the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District against tea party strategist Niger Innis.

The two-term state assemblyman from Mesquite and fifth-generation Nevadan will face off against incumbent Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford.

The large and diverse district includes urban North Las Vegas as well as vast stretches of rural Nevada. It leans Democratic.

Innis and Hardy had raised nearly identical amounts of money ahead of Tuesday’s contest, and had tried to bolster their conservative credentials during four debates.

Horsford is the state’s first African-American congressman. He topped two little-known opponents in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

A complete list of state-wide  results is available at the Secretary of State’s website.

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