Nevada’s U.S. Senate race, one of the most watched in the state and the country, will likely pit Republican Sen. Dean Heller against Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.
But both face primaries in June against little known opponents. Four other Republicans and five other Democrats also filed for the seat. An Independent American Party candidate will be on the ballot in November.
Twelve candidates filed for Nevada’s newly created 4th Congressional District, though Steven Horsford, Democratic majority leader in the state Senate, has no primary opposition. But there will be a crowded GOP field that includes Danny Tarkanian, a Las Vegas businessman and son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian who ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the U.S. Senate. State Sen. Barbara Cegavske, a conservative who is in the middle of her last term in the upper chamber, also is running.
Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., will not face a primary as he seeks election to a full term representing the 2nd Congressional District, a heavily Republican area that spans all of northern Nevada. Amodei won a special election in September to take over the seat vacated after then-Rep. Heller was appointed to the Senate to replace John Ensign.
Both incumbent Republican Rep. Joe Heck and Democratic challenger John Oceguera, speaker of the Nevada Assembly, face primary opponents. Heck, who beat Titus in a tough race in 2010, is seeking a second term.