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2nd Congressional District race

Republican incumbent Dean Heller faces longshot Democratic challenger Jill Derby in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District race. Although Derby lost to Heller by 5 percentage points in 2006, Democrats think she has a good chance this year and are targeting her campaign in the "red-to-blue" national fundraising program.

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Republican incumbent Dean Heller faces longshot Democratic challenger Jill Derby in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District race. Although Derby lost to Heller by 5 percentage points in 2006, Democrats think she has a good chance this year and are targeting her campaign in the "red-to-blue" national fundraising program.

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The Nov. 4 Nevada 2nd Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Jill Derby is being watched by political observers around the country as an indicator of whether Democrats will be able to win districts long considered to be in Republican hands.

Derby, who lost in 2006 to Heller by 5 percentage points, is considered a longshot. But Democrats think they have a chance — the fundraising committee for House Democrats has added Derby to its "red-to-blue" program of top-tier races in GOP districts. Derby had no opposition in the Aug. 12 primary election.

Heller, 48, easily won the Aug. 12 Republican primary, beating James Smack, 41, a pawn shop manager, 1,560 to 206, or 88.34 percent to 11.66 percent.

The Nov. 4 general election ballot will also include these 2nd District candidates from third parties: Libertarian Sean Patrick Morse; Independent American Party candidate John Everhart and Green Party candidate Craig Bergland.

(Below are recent Sun stories, blogs and Face to Face videos about the candidates and the races.)

Archive highlights

GOP abuzz after Heller stirs nest

Fri, Jul 18, 2008

Nevada Republican Rep. Dean Heller’s comments to a newspaper nudged him into national headlines recently, sending him careening from impolitic freshman to party oracle in a matter of days.

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Sharron Angle plans challenge for Nevada House seat

Tue, Mar 21, 2017

A conservative activist and onetime candidate for U.S. Senate is again seeking congressional office in Nevada. Sharron Angle announced this week she is running for the 2nd Congressional District in ...

Immigration supporters target GOP House members seen as amenable to reform

Tue, Oct 22, 2013

With the federal shutdown over, immigration-reform advocates are getting a message out to Congress, especially its Republican members: Now is the time to pass immigration legislation and prove Capitol Hill ...

Democrats pitch redistricting plan, which seems to protect party's top pols

Tue, Oct 11, 2011

Democrats unveiled yet another proposal for redrawing the state’s congressional districts Monday without mentioning any candidates by name.

GOP maintains stranglehold on 2nd Congressional District

Tue, Sep 13, 2011

Republican Mark Amodei chalked up a crushing victory in Tuesday’s special election for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s old House seat, routing Democrat Kate Marshall by 22 percentage points.

Lawmakers complain but approve funding for special election anyway

Wed, Aug 31, 2011

The state will spend up to $540,000 to hold the special election for the 2nd Congressional District despite grumbling from lawmakers about drawing down a bank account that was supposed ...

Northern Nevada turnout brisk on first day of early voting in special congressional election

Mon, Aug 29, 2011

More than 6,000 voters turned out on the opening day of voting Saturday in the Congressional race pitting Republican Mark Amodei against Democrat Kate Marshall.

Tea Party's place in Washington, Nevada up for debate

Fri, Aug 26, 2011

During an appearance before the Sun City Conservatives group Thursday night, Sen. Dean Heller fielded a question from a woman frustrated that blaming the Tea Party is common in Washington ...

New poll shows Mark Amodei, Kate Marshall in dead heat

Tue, Aug 23, 2011

Last week, a conservative poll whose ethics are being questioned showed Republican candidate Mark Amodei up 13 points over Democratic rival, Kate Marshall, in the race to fill Nevada’s 2nd ...

Heller's, Berkley's votes on debt ceiling speak loudly

Tue, Aug 2, 2011

The debt ceiling crisis is over, but lawmakers' votes will live on through the election season. Three of four members of Nevada’s delegation voted yes. But for Nevada’s electorate, two ...

GOP candidates for Congress finding campaign funds in Washington

Wed, Jul 13, 2011

While Congressional leaders spent the week trying to find funds to pay down the government’s deficit, Nevada’s GOP House hopefuls were doing a different kind of fundraising: the kind that ...

Nevada elections could determine control of U.S. House, Senate

Thu, Jun 2, 2011

From the way the campaigns are shaping up, it seems almost a foregone conclusion that who controls the Senate in 2012 may come down to which party wins in Nevada. ...

Appeal filed over ruling that parties can select candidates for open congressional seat

Tue, May 24, 2011

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller and the Nevada State Democratic Party on Tuesday filed appeals with the Nevada Supreme Court challenging the ruling of a District Court judge who ...

Tea Partyers to host GOP debates for House special election

Wed, May 18, 2011

The election to fill the vacant House seat in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District is set to be a free-for-all, and two Tea Party activists are trying to bring a little ...

What happens when a third of Nevadans don't have a House representative?

Fri, Apr 29, 2011

With Rep. Dean Heller departing for the Senate, Nevada’s massive second district will lose its voice in the House of Representatives for a good long while.

Song use draws threat to sue Heller camp

Fri, Oct 17, 2008

Republican Rep. Dean Heller has “appalled” the widow of composer Cy Coleman with an unauthorized use of his Broadway hit “Big Spender.”


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