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2008 ELECTION:

Copening defeats incumbent Beers

Senate goes to

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 | 11 p.m.

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Allison Copening spars with state Sen. Bob Beers in a debate Thursday.

General Election Results

Nevada Senate District 6

Allison Copening has ousted incumbent State Sen. Bob Beers, a Republican, enabling the Democrats to wrest control of that body from the Republicans. With 100 percent of the vote in, Copening won with 53.2 percent of the vote to Beers' 46.8 percent.

The Democrats now have a majority on the state Senate.

Copening, who is in her mid-40s, is a breast cancer survivor and the president of the board of a nonprofit organization. As Sun reporters J. Patrick Coolican and David McGrath Schwartz wrote in an April profile (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/apr/25/beers-rival-nice-nice-enough/) of Copening, she’s universally described as nice but wasn’t as informed on policy at the time as other challengers.

By the fall, state Democratic leaders included Copening on conference calls when they unveiled aspects of their platform. Copening favors a proposed bill that would give renters who live in foreclosed homes the remainder of the month they’ve already paid for, rather than just three days as is common today.

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