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Nevada Rep. Dina Titus Holds On to Seat, Beats Republican Challenger

LAS VEGAS – In a key race for Democrats being targeted by supporters of former President Donald Trump to gain a runaway advantage in Congress, US Rep. Dina Titus from Nevada’s 1st District, narrowly defeated Republican opponent Mark Robertson, a retired Army Colonel.

The 1st District is located in Clark County, covering many Las Vegas suburbs but redistricting pushed through the Legislature – by a Democratic Governor and majority – had added more Republicans, putting her seat at risk.

She was leading by little more than 3 percent as the last of the votes were being counted and Business Insider said she had survived the challenge after complaining her own party put her in jeopardy.

Titus, 72, is serving her 6th term and votes solidly for President Joe Biden’s proposals and is a staunch supporter of gun control, advocating for stricter measures after the 2017 massacre at a Las Vegas music festival where 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded by a gunman in a hotel.

She was first elected in 2008 to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, but two years later was defeated by Republican and former state Sen. Joe Heck by less than 2,000 votes.

In 2013, Titus returned to Congress after winning in the 1st Congressional District, a new seat.

Before her election to Congress, Titus served in the Nevada Senate and was its minority leader from 1993 to 2009. She also taught American and Nevada government classes from 1979 through 2011 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV,) where she has Professor Emeritus status, the site noted.

Robertson, born in California, served in the US Army for more than 30 years, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and seven other foreign countries. He was a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. Robertson taught classes on military science at UNLV.

According to OpenSecrets, Titus raised $3 million, spent $2.5 million, and had $871,042 of cash on hand, as of October 19. Robertson, raised $1.1 million, spent $928,728, and had $188,547 of cash still left to spend by then.

The race between Titus and Robertson was rated as “tilt Democratic” by Inside Elections, a “toss-up” by The Cook Political Report, and “leans Democratic” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, the news site said.

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