As House Democrats look to recover and pick up seats in 2016, Nevada could offer multiple opportunities. Unless, that is, all of the party's most touted candidates pile into the same district.
If Republican Rep. Joe Heck runs for Senate, he would leave open a swing district that, by the numbers, could be one of Democrats' best opportunities to gain a House seat. But there's been little talk about his district, thanks to a nearby congressional race that might be even more enticing. That leaves Nevada Democrats in an odd position: too many candidates in one competitive district and none in the other—and all in the same metro area.
Clark County Democratic chairman Chris Miller said local party members aren't talking much about Heck's seat. "Actually, no," Miller said. "There's been way more interest in the 4th District, which [former Rep. Steven] Horsford lost in 2014. That seems to be where the action is. There's not a lot of interest in the 3rd."
Three of Nevada's strongest available Democratic candidates have announced they'll run in that 4th District. Nonprofit executive Susie Lee said Democrats asked her to run for Heck's seat, but she is set on challenging freshman Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy, who beat Horsford last year in a major upset. State Sen. Ruben Kihuen doesn't live in either district but is already running to oppose Hardy, according to consultant Andres Ramirez. Former state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, another declared candidate, did not respond to requests for comment, but Democratic consultant Jon Reinish said he had not heard anything about her looking to jump out of the race in Hardy's district.