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Nevada Democrats avoided a contentious primary in the open 1st district today as state Sen. Ruben Kihuen announced he was dropping out of the race.
His exit clears a path for a return to Congress for former Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat defeated in 2010 by now-Rep. Joe Heck. Titus will have no serious competition from Republicans in the general election for this Las Vegas-based district.
“Unfortunately, the reality is that continuing my efforts to win in what would promise to be a resource draining primary at this time is not in the best interest for me, my family, my community and my party,” Kihuen said in a statement that was reported by the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston.
Kihuen was in Washington, D.C., just two weeks ago to meet with party leaders, and he said in an interview with Roll Call that he felt his natural base among Latinos would help him in a primary against Titus.