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Nevada Primary Results: Goodman Will Face Sandoval

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

File: Voters choose their candidates at the polls during an election in 2014.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

(AP) -- Nevada voters trickled to the polls to decide primary contests for governor, lieutenant governor, four congressional districts and various state and local contests.

Secretary of State Ross Miller says turnout was just over 19 percent. The record low since 1962 was 18 percent in 2008.

Results: Nevada Primary Election 2014


Robert Goodman will challenge Gov. Brian Sandoval

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A little-known Democrat challenger has won his party's gubernatorial primary and will make a longshot bid to unseat Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval in November.

Robert Goodman, a retired state economic development commissioner, emerged Tuesday from a field of eight candidates that included a casino executive, a lawyer, an artist and a radio show host.

State Democratic Party leaders were unable to persuade any high-profile candidates to take on the hugely popular governor who already has raised more than $3 million in campaign funds and easily dispatched of four challengers in Tuesday's GOP primary.

Schieve, Pezonella Advance In Reno Mayor's Race

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The crowded field of candidates who want to be Reno's first new mayor in 12 years has been narrowed from 18 to two.

City councilwoman Hillary Schieve and Reno city planner Ray Pezonella advance to the general election in November as the top two finishers in Tuesday's non-partisan primary.

Pezonella enjoyed the endorsement of outgoing Mayor Bob Cashell, who was prevented from seeking a fourth term by term limits.

With less than 15 precinct results outstanding, Schieve had 26 percent of the vote and Pezonella 18 percent. Next was Reno businesswoman Idora Silver with 11 percent.

Eddie Lorton had 9 percent. He was the anti-establishment candidate who led a legal challenge over term limits that sidelined two favorites, city councilman Dwight Dortch and former council member Jessica Sferraza.

Mark Hutchison wins lieutenant governor primary

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada state Sen. Mark Hutchison has won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in a divisive contest with ex-state lawmaker and one-time U.S. Senate hopeful Sue Lowden.

Hutchison advances to the November election against Democrat Lucy Flores, a state assemblywoman from Las Vegas who cruised to victory in her primary Tuesday night.

Hutchison, a first-term senator and wealthy lawyer from Las Vegas, had the backing of Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Lowden lost the 2010 GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to tea party conservative Sharron Angle, who went on to lose to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Hutchison's campaign ads attacked Lowden for making contributions to Reid's re-election campaigns in the 1980s.

Nevada Senate Minority Leader Wins GOP Primary

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson has captured the Republican primary, defeating a conservative challenger Carl Bunce who was backed by the state GOP Party.

Roberson drew the ire of a conservative right that now leads the party when he reneged on a no-tax pledge and supported the continuation of $620 million in temporary taxes during the 2013 legislative session.

The Henderson attorney also was denounced for proposing higher mining taxes as an alternative to a business tax proposal pushed by the teachers union.

Bunce ran the 2012 presidential campaign in Nevada of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Roberson will face Democrat Teresa Lowry in the November general election in District 20.

Nevada Regent Knecht Wins GOP Controller Race

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Board of Regents member Ron Knecht (Nehkt) has won the Republican primary for state controller.

Knecht advances to the November election against Democratic state Assemblyman Andrew Martin, an accountant from Las Vegas who had no primary opponent Tuesday night.

Knecht, an economist and longtime conservative activist from Carson City, had the endorsement of the state GOP. He was ahead over Las Vegas accountant Barry Herr by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday night with 80 percent of the precincts counted.

Current Nevada Controller Ken Wallin, a Democrat, was barred from running for re-election because of term limits .

Nevada GOP Assembly leader Pat Hickey Wins Primary

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Assemblyman Pat Hickey has turned back a party challenge from the conservative right in the Republican primary.

The Reno lawmaker seeking a third consecutive term was challenged by Rick Fineberg, a retired lawyer who described himself as a constitutional conservative.

Hickey, a painting contractor by trade, also served one term in the Assembly in 1997.

He was targeted by conservative members of his party in part over a school maintenance tax bill that was shuttled by state lawmakers to the Washoe County School Board for enactment.

Some conservatives called the move an unconstitutional ploy to circumvent a state law requiring a two-thirds majority to pass tax increases. It eventually died at the county level.

Hickey will face nonpartisan candidate Niklas Putnam in the District 25 general election in November.

Washoe sheriff's race pits trooper v. undersheriff

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada state trooper and a Washoe County undersheriff will face off in November's general election in a bid to become the county's next sheriff.

Trooper Chuck Allen and Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek were the top finishers in Tuesday night's primary in the race to succeed Sheriff Mike Haley, who opted out of seeking a third term.

Allen won 46 percent of the vote and Kuzanek 28 percent. Next was retired Washoe sheriff's deputy Jim Lopey with 15 percent.

Sheriff Haley endorsed Kuzanek.

Allen is known as the face of the Nevada Highway Patrol after serving as its public information officer the last 10 years.

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