Harry Reid hangs on in Nevada; GOP wins one more House seat

Lori Gunn
Yahoo! Contributor Network
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Major 2010 election results for Nevada follow below. There was little change in state government and the four state ballot initiatives received little attention.

U. S. House of Representatives
Incumbent Shelley Berkley, a Democrat, with 62 percent of the vote will continue to represent the 1st House District, located in Clark County. Kenneth Wegner, the GOP challenger, gleaned 35 percent of the vote. Berkley's victory ensures that Nevadans will have more than one voice in the upcoming House change of leadership.

Incumbent Dean Heller, a Republican, won his third term for the 2nd U.S House District with 64 percent of the vote. Nancy Price, the Democratic challenger, received 33 percent of the vote. Not only is Heller a respected member of Congress, he will also be able to introduce and mentor the new congressman from the 3rd District, Joe Heck.

The 3rd U.S. House District from Nevada was a down-to-the-wire race. Former state Sen. Joe Heck, the Republican, defeated incumbent Dina Titus, the Democrat, 48 percent to 47 percent. Titus was seeking her first re-election bid. With a change in power at the House, it is an ideal time for the freshman Heck to go to Washington. Changes in committee membership and platforms will give him an opportunity to participate in changes.

U. S. Senate
This race was closely observed across the country because the Senate Majority Leader is Nevada's Harry Reid. Reid, the Democrat, retained his seat by beating Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, 50 percent to 45 percent. The Democrats retain the majority in the Senate, but they will have a new GOP House to deal with in January. The retention of Reid guarantees a strong voice regarding Nevada's interests.

Governor
Brian Sandoval, the Republican, with 53 percent of the vote, beat Democrat Rory Reid, who received 42 percent of the vote. This keeps the seat in the Republican camp. This position is a challenge for any individual. Nevada has the highest rate of unemployment and foreclosures in the nation. Enticing new businesses who need workers to join other businesses in Nevada will cement Sandoval's credibility. Sandoval was the Nevada state attorney general before his appointment as a U. S. District Court Judge in the District Court of Nevada.