- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman overwhelmingly won a third and final term in office Tuesday, matching her husband Oscar Goodman’s 12-year span running Sin City.

The mayor had captured about eight of every 10 votes, sweeping past six competitors in the nonpartisan election and allowing her to bypass a June general election.

She needed more than 50 percent to win Tuesday’s primary election outright.

While Carolyn Goodman voted early Tuesday and attended a morning campaign event, the 80-year-old mayor didn’t attend her election night watch party at her husband’s glitzy downtown steakhouse.

Goodman announced in January that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her husband announced at the party Tuesday night that she had been feeling too tired after a recent round of chemotherapy to attend the event.

He said she planned to rest and return to work Wednesday.

Goodman said his wife has been devoted to making sure the city’s downtown is thriving and showed the world a face of dignity and respect in the wake of the October 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

“She loves the city. She loves everybody that’s in this room and she loves being the mayor of the greatest city on earth,” he said.

Goodman in 2011 succeeded her term-limited husband after he spent three terms in the office. Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer, was a Sin City icon who frequently appeared with showgirls on his arm and martini in his hand.

His wife, the founder of an elite private school, has used her term in the office to oversee a redevelopment of the city’s downtown.

Voters across Clark County also cast ballots for a handful of local seats up in the off-year municipal elections.

Three Las Vegas city council seats were on the ballot, including a seven-way race for an eastside seat involving former U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, who was on the rise in the Democratic Party before he was accused of sexual harassment.

Former Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz was leading in that race with one-third of the votes, followed closely behind by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs project manager Melissa Clary and Kihuen, who was five votes behind Clary.

Voters also narrowed the field in a handful of council seats in Henderson and North Las Vegas and in races for mayor and city council in Boulder City.

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