Amodei wins House election, will have much on his plate in D.C.

September 14, 2011

By Ray Hagar,

Republican Mark Amodei, a former state GOP chairman and state senator, easily defeated Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall on Tuesday to become the U.S. representative for most of Nevada, including Washoe County.

“I’m looking forward to going back and getting to work right away … and getting that message delivered and turning that tide,” Amodei said during a victory speech before more than 250 supporters at a Reno casino.

Marshall called Amodei about 9 p.m., with about 42 percent of the vote counted, to concede the U.S. House District 2 race to her Republican foe. A Democrat has never won the 2nd District since it was created after the 1980 census.

“I called Mr. Amodei and congratulated him on a race well done,” Marshall said.

With 68 percent of precincts reporting, Amodei led Marshall with 57 percent of the vote to her 37 percent.

The victory would have been wider if it was a one-to-one match, some Republicans said. Two other candidates, Tim Fasano of the Independent American Party, a semi-retired former aerospace contractor, CEO and business owner, and nonpartisan Helm Lehmann, who is unemployed after being laid off from Microsoft Licensing, split about 6 percent of the vote.

“The Independent Americans are always conservative, and I think the independents would have gone Republican this time because of the economy,” said Assemblyman Pat Hickey, R-Reno.

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