Cresent Hardy

Nevada Primaries Set Up GOP House Targets
Horsford, Hardy set up rematch in 4th District

Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford won the Democratic primary for the 4th District on Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans are largely on defense this election cycle, but they’re targeting two open seats in Nevada, where voters selected their general election candidates Tuesday night.

In the 4th District, two former one-term seat holders — Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy — easily won their respective primaries. In the 3rd District, perennial GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Susie Lee advanced to what is also expected to be a competitive fall race.

Races to Watch in This Tuesday’s Primaries
Voters in five states head to the polls

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford faces a GOP primary challenge that’s prompted him to spend money this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Voters in five states head to the polls Tuesday, with most of the action in House primaries.

Republican Rep. Mark Sanford is facing a party challenge for his South Carolina seat. Nominees will be chosen in a half-dozen other competitive House races. And a new voting process will be tested in Maine.

Two Former Lawmakers Aim for Rematch in Nevada’s 4th District
First hurdle will be Tuesday’s primaries

Former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy is running again in Nevada’s 4th District. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Nevada’s 4th District could host a rematch between two former one-term members of Congress. And both know what it’s like to lose.

Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy are considered the front-runners in their respective primary races Tuesday. Should they win, the general election would be a rematch of 2014, when Hardy ousted Horsford in a surprise only to lose the seat two years later.

Republican Main Street Partnership Backs 10 Recruits
Endorsement comes with PAC check

Republican Main Street Partnership is backing Dino Rossi, a Republican candidate for Washington’s 8th congressional district. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican PAC that supports lawmakers from the “governing wing of the GOP” is making its first non-incumbent endorsements of the cycle.

Republican Main Street Partnership is backing 10 recruits this week, all of whom have received the maximum primary contribution from the PAC. The PAC is also supporting its 75 House members.

Hardy Campaign Adviser Fired After He Made Ex-Fiancee His ‘Slave’
Benjamin Sparks was fired from consultant’s job working on Rep. Cresent Hardy’s campaign

Former Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy fired political strategist Benjamin Sparks from his campaign amid a domestic battery investigation. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Benjamin Sparks, a political strategist who has worked on several high-profile Republican campaigns over the last decade, was fired in March from his position working on former Rep. Cresent Hardy’s campaign after police responded to a domestic dispute between Sparks and his then-fiancee.

It turns out Sparks and his fiancée had signed a contract in November making the woman his “slave in training,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing text messages, emails and a copy of the contract the ex-fiancee shared with the publication.

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Mark Your Calendars: The second congressional primaries in the country are in Illinois on Tuesday. Democrats are targeting four GOP-held seats in the state, where EMILY’s List has played an early, influential role backing candidates it thinks will be viable in the general election. But the Prairie State primary that’s received the most attention is actually in a solid Democratic seat. EMILY’s List is involved in this race too (although it took a while for the group to endorse), and it’s quickly become a flashpoint in the fight over the identity of the Democratic Party. On one side is first-time candidate Marie Newman, who’s backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (who carried the 3rd District in 2016), two members of the Illinois delegation (pictured above), New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, SEIU and a coalition of reproductive rights and progressive groups.

Pelosi Mum on Whether Kihuen Should Seek Re-election
Nevada congressman announced he wouldn’t seek re-election after sexual harassment allegations

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., and his guest Astrid Silva, a Dreamer, are seen in the Capitol Rotunda before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was mum on whether Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen should seek re-election after saying he would not after being accused of sexual harassment.

“When he makes a decision, I’ll give you a reaction to it,” the Democratic leader said at a press conference Thursday.

Former Lawmakers Look for Comeback in Nevada’s 4th District
Steven Horsford announced campaign Thursday

Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford says he’s running for Congress again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Several former lawmakers are hoping to return to Congress in 2018, but Nevada’s 4th District could host a unique contest between two former seat holders looking for a comeback.

Former Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, who represented the district for a term beginning in 2013, launched his campaign Thursday for the open-seat race. And former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy, who unseated Horsford in 2014, has also filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run.

Facing Harassment Allegations, Ruben Kihuen Won’t Run for Re-election
Nevada freshman had been seen as rising Democratic star

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen won’t seek a second term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday he would not seek re-election in 2018 — a day after the House Ethics Committee announced it has opened an investigation into the freshman Democrat.

Two women have accused Kihuen of sexual harassment. He maintained his innocence in his retirement announcement.

Kihuen’s Future in Question After Second Accuser Comes Forward
Pelosi indicates Nevada Democrat wants to go through Ethics Committee process

A second woman has accused Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., of sexual harassment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen’s future remains in question amid calls to resign and a second accuser alleging he sexually harassed her while he was in the Nevada state Senate.

The Nevada Independent reported Wednesday night that a lobbyist claimed Kihuen sent her hundreds of text messages, some of them suggestive, and touched her inappropriately. Two weeks ago, Buzzfeed reported allegations that Kihuen harassed a former campaign staffer.