Updated March 19, 10:40 p.m. | Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford's decision not to seek his old House seat next year has set off jockeying on the Democratic side for one of the party's top pickup opportunities.
Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy defeated Horsford in 2014, but party leaders hoped to convince the former lawmaker to run again this cycle, which should have favorable presidential-level turnout. Several Democrats expected to be interested in the race were waiting on Horsford. His decision against running was first reported by Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, who tweeted that the former congressman was joining the prominent Las Vegas-based consulting firm R&R Partners. A Democratic source familiar with the discussions confirmed this to CQ Roll Call.