Nevada Election Results 2012: Heller wins Senate seat; Horsford tops Tarkanian to become Nevada’s first black congressman

November 7, 2012

Here is a summary of the election results in Nevada: (View full map)

President

The state’s high unemployment and home-foreclosure rates made this sparsely populated and economically ailing state a prime opportunity for Mitt Romney. But in the campaign’s final days President Obama held a lead built on strong support from the state’s Latino community and Tuesday night he carried the state.

Senate

After the resignation of disgraced Republican John Ensign earlier this year, the GOP appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R) in hopes of giving him boost for the November election. It appears to have worked, just barely, as Heller survived a very close race against fellow House member, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D). Berkley weathered a series of ethics questions surrounding her husband’s medical practice, boosting GOP hopes to keep the seat. Media reports accused her of using her congressional office to help her husband’s nephrology practice and dialysis business. She helped save a kidney transplant center in the state and wrote a letter to a House colleague warning against changes to doctors’ compensation for dialysis treatments.

House

In the state’s new 4th District seat, state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford defeated Republican challenger Danny Tarkanian to become Nevada’s first black congressman. Danny Tarkanian (R) is the son of Jerry Tarkanian, who was a legendary basketball coach at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In suburban Clark County’s 3rd District, freshman Rep. Joe Heck (R) defeated Democrat John Oceguera.

More from PostPolitics:

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- Updated election results on a county-by-county basis are available on the The Post’s election day map. Sort through the Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and Presidential election results.

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