Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary

Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary
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Danny Tarkanian is projected to win his Republican congressional primary on Tuesday in the race to replace outgoing Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenTrump to attend fundraiser for Heller Dems seek to seize on data privacy as midterm issue Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) in November.

The Associated Press called the race for him at 9:30 p.m. PDT.

Tarkanian, who is fresh off a narrow defeat in the district south of Las Vegas in 2016, overcame eight Republican challengers to win the primary Tuesday. Rosen, a freshman lawmaker, is vacating her seat to run for Senate.

The Nevada businessman was originally running as a GOP primary challenger to incumbent Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTreasury gave special designation to Nevada county after GOP lobbying: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (R-Nev.) but switched to run for the House seat after being urged by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTom Arnold claims to have unreleased 'tapes' of Trump Cohen distances himself from Tom Arnold, says they did not discuss Trump US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea MORE


Tarkanian, the son of legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, received an endorsement from Trump after announcing that he would run for the 3rd District’s open seat.

Danny Tarkanian ran against Rosen last cycle, but lost by only 1 point, while the president won the district by a similar margin in 2016.

This is Tarkanian’s third congressional bid since 2012. He’s also run for the state Senate, Nevada secretary of state, U.S. Senate and Nevada System of Higher Education Regent.

The 3rd District is slightly more GOP-leaning than its neighboring district currently held by Rep. Ruben KihuenRuben Jesus Kihuen BernalDanny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary Laxalt, Sisolak to face off in Nevada governor's race Two former Nevada congressmen set for rematch MORE (D-Nev.), who won’t seek another term after sexual misconduct allegations. The Rosen seat covers the area south of Las Vegas and includes Henderson.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, philanthropist Susie Lee defeated six Democratic challengers. She was the overwhelming favorite for the nomination and was backed early by national Democrats.

Lee is an ally of former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.), who still remains powerful in the state’s political circles. Lee ran last year in Nevada’s 4th District, but came in third in the Democratic primary.