With freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Henderson) opting to challenge Sen. Dean Heller (R) instead of seeking her first re-election, the swing 3rd District will be an open seat for the second consecutive voting period. Over the weekend it became apparent that former 4th District Congressman Cresent Hardy (R-Mesquite) is testing the waters for a primary run in what is now the newly open southern Nevada district. Party leaders may welcome this move since they do not want to face another open seat challenge with perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian as the GOP nominee. While Tarkanian has proven he can win Republican primaries (State Senate, Secretary of State, two congressional primaries), he has lost four consecutive general elections including the 3rd District last November. Mr. Tarkanian fell to Ms. Rosen, 47-46%, even though President Trump carried the seat. Though Mr. Hardy obviously has not previously represented one constituent in this CD, he could well be the more attractive option for a party needing to convert this open desert district.
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