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Congressional candidate challenging GOP primary results

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L.E. Baskow

Congressional candidate Niger Innis follows election results at Mundo restaurant on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Tea party candidate Niger Innis lost his primary race for Congress on Tuesday, but he’s not giving up without a fight.

Innis, a political consultant, conceded the Republican primary for District 4 to Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, R-Mesquite.

But Innis announced Thursday that he’s challenging the results, questioning the number of votes a little-known third candidate, Mike Monroe, received.

Monroe won Esmerelda and White Pine counties, coming in third overall with 22.11 percent of the vote. Hardy received 42.63 percent, Innis 33.12 percent, and Carlo Poliak 2.14 percent.

“With all due respect to Mr. Monroe, the 22 percent of the vote he received is simply inconceivable based upon his lack of campaign activities, which quite frankly, were none,” Innis said in a news release. “Let me be clear. I am not claiming I lost the race due to votes for me being counted as votes for Mr. Monroe. Some of his votes could very well have been cast for Mr. Hardy.”

It’s not clear if Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller will take up the audit.

Monroe has been on the ballot before. He ran for Congress in 2006 and 2010.

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