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Democrats Look to Pick Up Two Seats in Nevada

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Former Rep. Dina Titus has declared her intent to run for the House again after losing Nevada’s 3rd district seat to Rep. Joe Heck in the last election.

Former Rep. Dina Titus (D) is running again after losing the 3rd district seat to Heck. Titus hasn't said where she will run — in the 3rd or the 1st district — but insiders expect she'll run in the 1st, which is the more Democratic of the two and is where she lives.

State Sen. Ruben Kihuen (D) lives in the 1st, setting up a potential showdown with Titus. The district includes the urban center of Las Vegas and has the highest percentage of Hispanic voting-age population.

"That's our target, and he obviously wants to run where his home is and where he has served," Kihuen campaign manager Dan Chavez said. "So it's been carved in a way that is ideal for us."

State Sen. John Lee lives in the 4th district. He'd be matched up with state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford in the expansive open district, composed of parts of seven counties, including Clark.

Horsford is the most recent entrant to the race after launching his campaign last Thursday. The 38-year-old Las Vegas native, who has ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), was elected in 2004, and his ascension to state Senate Majority Leader in 2008 made him the first African-American and youngest to hold that post.

He's built a strong campaign team of consultants, signing GMMB for media, Liz Chadderdon of the Chadderdon Group for direct mail, Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies for polling and Randy Broz of the Political Development Group for fundraising. His campaign manager is Geoff Mackler, a veteran of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's independent expenditure unit.

Since he entered the race after the Sept. 30 deadline, Horsford was the only one of the five not to file a third-quarter fundraising report. Titus led the way with $201,000 raised, followed by Oceguera with $110,000, Kihuen with $102,000 and Lee with $43,000.

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and the
Democratic-controlled Legislature had been unable to agree on a map during the legislative session earlier this year. The Legislature declined to send the governor a third map after its first two were vetoed, leaving the courts to sort out the process.

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