At the Nevada Democratic Central Committee Saturday, Treasurer Kate Marshall won the party's nomination for the special election in the state's 2nd congressional district in a landslide. Marshall, who had the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, had been widely expected to win.
"I am honored to receive this nomination, Nevadans deserve a voice in Congress that will fight for middle class families, and that's what I intend to do. I'll work every day to create jobs in northern Nevada and win the fight to control runaway spending in Washington," said Marshall in a statement.
"Kate Marshall lost $50 million of Nevada taxpayers' money on a Wall Street gamble," said National Republican Campaign Committee spokesperson Tyler Houlton in a statement. "Marshall merely represents more of the same failed liberal policies that have given Nevada severe job losses and home foreclosures. Nevada voters will not only reject Marshall's dismal record as the state's top financial officer, they will reject her for being Harry Reid's handpicked candidate to continue Washington's spending culture."
Former state Sen. Mark Amodei easily won the Republican nomination last weekend.
The seat has been open since its former occupant, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., was appointed to the Senate. The special election is scheduled for September 13, but it's still unclear which candidates will be allowed to enter: though Secretary of State Ross Miller initially decided any qualifying candidate could run, the state GOP appealed and Miller's decision was overturned by a district court. The state Supreme Court will make the final call, and could rule that the race will be an open contest (the "ballot royale" scenario), or that the state parties nominate the candidates.
A hearing before the state Supreme court is scheduled for June 28.