Freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Henderson), already leaving the House to take a run at Sen. Dean Heller (R) next year, leaves a void in her politically marginal Clark County 3rd District. Democrats appear to be coalescing around a candidate who they believe will be a strong contender to keep the seat. Wealthy former school board president Susie Lee has already drawn endorsements from ex-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Reps. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) and Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas), along with the departing Rep. Rosen. The voting history here suggests this race will be a toss-up next year, but the Democratic power structure already jointly supporting one candidate is the soundest strategy for them to gain a general election advantage.
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