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Tarkanian edges out Cegavske in CD4 race


Sam Morris

Congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian talks to his father, Jerry Tarkanian, after it was announced he won his primary election, Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

Updated Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 10:47 p.m.

Tarkanian wins primary

Congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian gets a congratulatory hug from a supporter at his primary election night party at Born and Raised tavern, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Tarkanian will face Steven Horsford in the general election. Launch slideshow »
Barbara Cegavske

Barbara Cegavske

In a race that will likely determine his political future, Danny Tarkanian nosed his way to victory in a crowded Republican primary, winning the chance to take on Democrat Steven Horsford in Nevada’s newest congressional district.

Despite waging a tough campaign from a sizeable financial deficit, state Sen. Barbara Cegavske was unable to overcome Tarkanian’s ironclad name recognition throughout the district, which stretches from North Las Vegas through the state’s southern rural counties.

Cegavske, a conservative state senator, relied on a targeted voter identification campaign that propelled her to victory in Clark County. But Tarkanian crushed Cegavske in the rural counties, indicating her much weaker turnout effort in that part of the district.

Tarkanian, a Las Vegas lawyer and businessman, has staked his political future on this campaign, saying he likely wouldn’t be able to run again after four straight losses — a record his primary opponents used against him.

Kenneth Wegner, a perennial candidate with some tea party backing, came in third. Las Vegas businessman Dan Schwartz, who spent much of his own money on the race, trailed in fourth place.

Tarkanian will compete with Horsford in November.

In an opening volley within minutes of the Republican primary results, Horsford sought to frame the race along traditional Democratic lines.

“While my opponent will stand by wealthy Wall Street executives during these difficult times, I’ll always stand by Nevada,” Horsford said in a statement. “I believe we must work together to create jobs, stop foreclosures and speed up Nevada’s economic recover.”

Although voter registration in the district favors Democrats by 9 points, Republicans hope they will outperform those statistics on Election Day. The district stretches from urban North Las Vegas — where Democrats often struggle to get voters to the polls — through the southern rural counties — where Republicans vote almost religiously.

Tarkanian demonstrated his strength in those counties in his primary victory. Tarkanian more than doubled Cegavske’s showing in rural Nevada.

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  1. Good for Danny, he deserves the win.

  2. Steven Horsford is a lock to win in the general, no matter which GOP candidate runs against him. Low turnout, teabagger candidate (Cegavske), unknown carpetbagger candidate (Schwartz) = Tarkanian "win". Those of us who have been here awhile know that Danny is simply a perpetual candidate for govt office, no matter what it is. He will lose yet again in the general election, as he should. "Outsider Conservative"? LOL.

  3. Horsford says Tark will stand by corporate America yet he stood by a rich corporation and accepted their free Caribbean vacation (they were trying to twist his arm on the online gaming thing). Just think, if we send him to DC, he'll be driving a Bentley (auto industry donation), some bing-bling (from mining corps seeking his vote) and untold millions for voting a certain way. Now that he has signaled that he's "on the take" or willing to accept free gifts from large corporations seeking his vote, the sky is the limit! Here's in hoping he spends some of his future free financial windfall here in Vegas and not all on cruise ships or the Caribbean.

  4. I'm a bit confused.

    The Election Results from the Clark County page show Cegavske won? What am I missing here?

    VOTE FOR 1

    Precincts Reporting: 356 of 356 (100 %)

    Candidate Graph Votes %/Total
    Anderson, Diana R. 427 2.39 %
    Cegavske, Barbara K. 5,447 30.53 %
    Delarosa, Mike 216 1.21 %
    Hill, Kiran 327 1.83 %
    Leeds, Robert X. 119 0.67 %
    Schwartz, Dan 2,111 11.83 %
    Tarkanian, Danny 4,881 27.36 %
    Wegner, Kenneth A. 4,144 23.23 %
    Zeller, Sid 170 0.95 %

  5. unlv702, district 4 contains some rural counties, as well as Clark. Cegavske won Clark, but lost the rurals (Mineral, Lincoln, Esmerelda, etc). You're looking at only the Clark County results. See full results from the SoS:

  6. Ah, you're right - I can't believe I made that mistake! Wow!

    Delete prior post please.