Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 | 1:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- In another sign of just how hard-fought the battle will be for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, Democratic challenger Dina Titus will stay home from the party’s national convention in Denver next week to campaign.
Both Titus and her opponent, Republican Rep. Jon Porter, appear to be trying to show their independence from the national parties by foregoing the conventions.
Porter already announced he would not be attending the Republican event the following week in St. Paul.
Theirs is among the most watched races in the nation. Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the Henderson-area district, but independent voters still have considerable sway.
In Nevada’s other closely watched House race, Democratic challenger Jill Derby plans to attend two days of the Denver convention, but won’t be there for the full event. Incumbent Rep. Dean Heller has reportedly said he will not go to the Republican convention in St. Paul.