- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on the Nevada primary election day voting (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

Talk radio host Chip Evans has won a three-way Democratic primary to oppose incumbent Rep. Mark Amodei in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District.

Amodei ran unopposed to win the GOP primary.

Evans topped businessman Rick Shepherd and family practice physician Vance Alm.

Amodei has represented the northern Nevada district since 2011.


10:10 p.m.

Danny Tarkanian has beaten Michael Roberson in a hotly contested Republican primary for the southern Nevada House seat held by Rep. Joe Heck.

The 3rd Congressional District race was one of the most heated in the primary cycle, with candidates trading negative ads that called each other “Dirty Danny Tarkanian” and “Two-Faced Michael Roberson.”

Tarkanian is a businessman and son of the late UNLV basketball coach Danny Tarkanian. He’s made five unsuccessful bids for office in the past and has criticized Roberson for helping pass a $1.4 billion tax package last year.

Roberson is a lawyer who’s in the middle of his second term in the state Senate.

Other Republican candidates included Assemblywoman Michele Fiore.

Tarkanian will face Democratic synagogue leader Jacky Rosen in November.

9:40 p.m.

State Sen. Ruben Kihuen (KEY’-win) has won a competitive Democratic primary race in the congressional district that includes North Las Vegas and rural central Nevada.

Kihuen topped former state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, philanthropist Susie Lee and a handful of lesser-known candidates in the hard-fought race. Kihuen will face Republican Cresent Hardy in November.

Hardy won the seat in 2014 during a conservative “red wave,” even though the 4th Congressional District has a wide Democratic registration advantage.

Sen. Harry Reid, President Bill Clinton and the powerful Culinary Union worked to help Kihuen. Bernie Sanders sent fundraising emails on behalf of Flores that helped her pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars from his supporters.

Other candidates included Morse Arberry, Brandon Casutt, Dan Rolle, Mike Schaefer and Rodney Smith.


8:20 p.m.

All polls have closed in Nevada primary elections featuring fiercely competitive congressional races, a high-stakes U.S. Senate battle and several legislative contests.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (seg-AHV’-skee) said total turnout was expected to be close to the 2014 primary election, when 19.3 percent of active registered voters participated.

Complete unofficial turnout figures for the 2016 primary election were expected sometime before 10 p.m.

No major snags were reported, but spokeswoman Kaitlin Barker says the Secretary of State received some reports of minor issue at some polling locations. She wasn’t specific.

Barker says balloting wasn’t affected, and all voters who wanted to participate were able to do so.


8:15 p.m.

Synagogue leader Jacky Rosen has won the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in southern Nevada.

Rosen beat a slate of Democratic candidates that included attorney Jesse Sbaih. She’s expected to face either Danny Tarkanian or Michael Roberson in the general election.

The 3rd Congressional District includes Henderson and Summerlin and is split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans.

Republican Rep. Joe Heck has held the seat for the past three terms but is now running for U.S. Senate.

Rosen was endorsed by Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and supports Hillary Clinton for president.

Sbaih supports Bernie Sanders and made headlines when he accused Reid of saying he couldn’t win because he’s Muslim.

Reid’s staff denies the allegation.

8:13 p.m.

Incumbent Rep. Cresent Hardy has won the Republican congressional primary against two little-known opponents.

Hardy defeated Mike Monroe and Wayne Villines by wide margins in Tuesday’s election.

He’ll face the winner of a competitive Democratic primary that includes state Sen. Ruben Kihuen, former Assemblywoman Lucy Flores and philanthropist Susie Lee.

The 4th Congressional District includes North Las Vegas and rural central Nevada. Hardy won the seat in 2014 during a conservative “red wave” even though the district has a wide Democratic registration advantage.

Hardy is considered the most vulnerable House incumbent in Nevada.

8:10 p.m.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Dina Titus has easily won a Democratic primary in her Las Vegas House district.

Titus defeated lesser-known opponents Jose Solorio and Patrick Boylan to secure the nomination Tuesday.

The 1st Congressional District includes urban Las Vegas and has a 2-to-1 Democratic registration advantage. Titus has represented the district for two terms.

She’s favored to win against whoever prevails in the Republican primary, and against her nonpartisan and independent opponents.


8:05 p.m.

Three-term Rep. Joe Heck has won the Republican primary for Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate seat.

The southern Nevada congressman and military general beat a slate of Republican candidates including Sharron Angle, a tea party favorite who lost a competitive Senate race against Reid in 2010.

Lesser-known Republican candidates on the ballot included D’Nese Davis, Eddie Hamilton, Thomas Heck, Robert Leeds, Carlo Poliak, Juston Preble and Bill Tarbell.

Heck will face Democratic former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto in November.

The race for Reid’s seat is expected to be one of the country’s most important Senate contests because it could determine which party clinches the majority.

Outside groups have already started reserving millions of dollars in airtime to run commercials into the fall.

8 p.m.

Catherine Cortez Masto has easily won the Democratic primary for Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate seat.

The two-term former Nevada Attorney General beat a handful of little-known Democratic candidates including Allen Rheihart, Liddo O’Briant and Bobby Mahendra.

She’s expected to face Republican Rep. Joe Heck in November.

The race for Reid’s seat is expected to be one of the most important Senate contests in the country because it could determine which party clinches the majority.

Outside groups have already started reserving millions of dollars in airtime to run commercials into the fall.

7 p.m.

Polls are closing in Nevada primary elections featuring fiercely competitive congressional races, a high-stakes U.S. Senate battle and several legislative contests.

Turnout appeared to be light during the day Tuesday after more than 143,000 residents voted early or by mail.

The state has 1.3 million active voters.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Joe Heck are expected to easily shake off competitors to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Residents are choosing who should compete for the open congressional seat held by Republican Rep. Joe Heck, and who among several Democrats will vie against GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy.

Hardy represents a Democratic-leaning district that includes North Las Vegas and large swaths of rural central Nevada.

Voters also are weighing in on numerous state legislative races.


6:55 p.m.

Lydia Gutierrez of Sparks doesn’t like raising taxes, but says it’s sometimes necessary to adequately fund public schools.

A Democrat who works as a secretary for the city of Reno, Gutierrez brought a teenage son along when she cast her primary ballot Tuesday at Mendive Middle School.

“I have four kids, so education is a big issue for me,” she said. “I’m for raising some taxes because there’s no other way to get schools the money they need.”

Gutierrez also is concerned about the economy and national security, and hasn’t found a candidate that agrees with her on everything.

“I just try to find the candidates who agree with me most on the issues important to me,” she said. “There never will be a perfect candidate.”


6:20 p.m.

Taxi driver Larry Wolfe looks forward to voting for Donald Trump in the fall, and said he voted Tuesday for candidates who will defend the U.S. Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

“We’re not a socialistic country,” Wolfe said after voting at Mendive Middle School in Sparks. “We are capitalistic, and we’ve gotten away from that.”

“With Obama, you can’t even buy ammunition anymore. And Hillary’s even worse than Obama,” said Wolfe, a registered Republican.

Trump isn’t a politician, Wolfe said, “he’s a very successful businessman, and he doesn’t care what you think about what he said, or didn’t say.”


5:45 p.m.

Longtime voter Tim Martenson said he’s happy that interest in politics is high this year, and that younger people are getting involved.

“I have been so disappointed in our moving boundaries and everyone finagling to get the vote,” Martenson said after casting his ballot at Green Valley High School in Henderson. “And finagling is the right word.”

Martenson, a Democrat, said he works in security surveillance and has voted every year since 1968. He said he thinks most people are so busy in their lives today that they let others decide things for them.

“Politicians, the media. They tell us what to think, what do to and why we’re going to do it,” Martenson said. “It’s easier to slide downstream than to swim up it. No one wanted to rock the boat.”


5:25 p.m.

About 15 percent of Nevada voters have cast their ballot with two hours of voting left.

The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office reported that more than 50,000 people statewide had voted on Election Day as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Nearly 195,000 have voted counting the early vote period and mail-in ballots. About 15 percent of active Republicans have voted, and 12 percent of active Democrats have turned out.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Kaitlin Barker says there have been no reported issues related to the voting process on Election Day, although some minor issues were reported related to campaign activities at polling sites.


5:15 p.m.

Mary Moore moved recently to Sparks from California’s central coast, but the 66-year-old retired corrections worker never considered sitting out the primary election.

“I felt a responsibility to come in and vote,” she said after casting her ballot Tuesday afternoon at Mendive Middle School. “I do know there are people who feel it doesn’t matter either way so why bother.”

Moore remembers being against Richard Nixon in 1968 and voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976. She no longer identifies with either major party.

“As far as Democrat and Republicans, I don’t like belonging to either party. I think we should have access to either side to vote on,” she said.


4:07 p.m.

Retiree Kenny McDonnell was one of just a handful of people at a polling site at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas on a hot Tuesday afternoon. He said he always shows up for elections, even sleepy primaries like this one when relatively few others show up.

“My vote does count,” explained McDonnell, 55. “I hope it does.”

McDonnell said he doesn’t watch much TV news, doesn’t like to pick up the phone during campaign season and isn’t terribly familiar with candidates’ track records, but weighs the campaign literature he gets in the mail.

He declined to say who he voted for in the 4th Congressional District primary, but said the candidates were close in his mind.

“I just kind of went on instinct,” he said.


4 p.m.

Unemployed for seven years, John Ferrante voted with his wife at the Historical Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas.

The 54-year-old Democrat said he voted for former state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto in the primary that she’s expected to win on her way to a high-stakes general election. Ferrante said he wanted someone honest to replace retiring Sen. Harry Reid and not just the senator’s same old policies.

The former janitor who said he lost his job over budget cuts and was homeless for a time, also said he voted for Democratic incumbent Rep. Dina Titus for the 1st Congressional District.

“I’m hoping that whoever gets in will keep the economy going and I’m hoping to get a job and start my life with my wife,” Ferrante said.


1:05 p.m.

Retiree and algebra tutor Les Hollingsworth said he’d voted early and picked Lucy Flores in a competitive 4th Congressional District Democratic House primary.

“Being Hispanic, especially in this area, is kind of important,” he said as he was leaving Mojave High School in North Las Vegas, where summer school students and a few voters were milling around near a polling place around lunch time.

He liked that Flores was endorsed by organizations like Planned Parenthood and other groups.

But the 69-year-old Las Vegas resident, who has been bombarded with campaign mail, said he wouldn’t be too disappointed if Ruben Kihuen or Susie Lee won.

“Either one is fine,” he said.


12:40 p.m.

More than 11,300 southern Nevada voters have cast their ballots in the primary election by Tuesday morning.

Joe Gloria, the Clark County Registrar of Voters in Las Vegas, reported the number as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

There have been no issues reported at any of the polling locations in the area.

Gloria said it’s too early to predict any trends for turnout for the primary election day voting but turnout for early voting broke records.

About 76,600 people turned out at early voting sites, making it the highest number ever recorded for early voting for the Nevada primary during a presidential election year.

There are nearly 890,000 registered voters in the county and more people tend to vote early or by mail than on Election Day.


7 a.m.

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for Nevada’s primary election, which featured two fiercely competitive congressional races, a high-stakes U.S. Senate battle and several legislative contests.

More than 143,000 residents have already weighed in by voting early or by mail. Ballots are in for about 11 percent of Nevada’s 1.3 million active voters.

Residents are choosing who should compete for the open seat held by Republican Rep. Joe Heck and who should try to reclaim GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy’s seat for the Democrats.

A large field of candidates is vying for a chance to unseat Hardy in the Democratic-leaning district that includes North Las Vegas and large swaths of rural central Nevada.

Voters also are weighing in on numerous state legislative races.

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