Real estate investor Danny Tarkanian, whose father Jerry coached a legendary University of Las Vegas basketball team, was given a sixth shot at elected office by Republicans in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. Or a seventh shot, depending how voters count.
Tarkanian, who has never won an election, has been trying to since 2004. In that year, he ran for state senate, lost and successfully sued the victor for libel. In 2006, a bad year for Nevada Republicans, he won the party’s nomination for secretary of state but lost in November.
In 2010, Tarkanian ran third out of three candidates in the primary that picked legislator Sharron Angle to challenge then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In 2012, he lost a race in the state’s 4th district to Democrat Steve Horsford. (On Tuesday, Angle lost a primary in the state’s 2nd district, while Horsford won easily in the third.)
Tarkanian considered a run for Nevada’s university regent board in 2014 but passed, and in 2016 he ran for the nomination in the 3rd Congressional District. He got the Republican nod, but lost to Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.). In 2017, when she began running for U.S. Senate, so did Tarkanian, challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R) in the GOP primary. But after personal pressure from the White House, Tarkanian switched back to the 3rd district, where he will now challenge Democrat Susie Lee — who, in 2016, lost a primary in the 4th district.