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Primary narrows the fields; Tarkanian to face Rosen for seat in Congress

Nevada primary results are in and Danny Tarkanian will be the Republican Party nominee for the 3rd Congressional District Race while Jacky Rosen will represent the Democrats.

Republicans decided against Republican establishment candidate state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson.

Tarkanian took 32 percent of the Republican vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Roberson received 24 percent of the vote.

“Congratulations to Danny Tarkanian on a hard fought race and his victory tonight for Congressional District 3,” Roberson said in a statement. “I would like to thank all of those that supported me and worked tirelessly on my behalf. I look forward to continuing my work as Senate majority leader and working to maintain Republican control of the state Senate in November.”

Democratic voters overwhelmingly voted for Rosen, who won 62 percent of the vote.

There were no surprises in the race for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s spot. Republican nominee Joe Heck obtained 65 percent of the Republican vote while Democratic nominee Catherine Cortez-Masto took home 80 percent of the Democratic vote.

Melissa Woodbury, sister of Boulder City Mayor Rod Woodbury, easily won her primary race for State Assembly District 23. Woodbury received 72 percent of the Republican vote. She will now face Democratic nominee Craig Jordahl, who ran unopposed, in the general election.

In the State Board of Education District 3 race incumbent Felicia Ortiz won, obtaining 46 percent of the vote, while her closest opponent, Dave Hales, received 30 percent. They will face each other on the November ballot.

In the race for Clark County School District, District A, incumbent Deanna Wright obtained 31 percent of the vote, while her nearest opponent, Richard Vaughn, received 21.6 percent. The two will face off in the November general election.

Contact reporter Max Lancaster at mlancaster @bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow him on Twitter @MLancasterBCR.

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