Republican wins Nevada House election

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 14, 2011 1:23 AM
Republican wins Nevada House election

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada Republican Mark Amodei won a special election on Tuesday to fill a vacant House of Representatives seat in a largely rural district that has never sent a Democrat to Congress.

With 80 percent of precincts counted, Amodei had collected 57 percent of votes compared to 37 percent for Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office. Other candidates garnered the remaining votes.

Marshall conceded to Amodei in a phone call, her campaign spokesman James Hallinan said.

"She did concede," he said. "She's thanking supporters."

Amodei will replace Republican Dean Heller, who was named to the Senate to replace John Ensign. Ensign resigned his seat earlier this year after admitting to an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer.

(Reporting by Timothy Pratt and Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Peter Bohan)