9 Things to Know about Nevada’s 4th District Race

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 18, 2017 · 4:13 PM EST

With Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen’s decision not to seek re-election under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations, here are a few things to know about Nevada’s 4th District.

  • Geography: 4th District includes part of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and central “Cow Counties,” according to CQ's Politics in America
  • Recent presidential results: Hillary Clinton 50-45 percent in 2016, Pres. Barack Obama 54-44 percent in 2012.
  • Other election results: 2016 Senate- Catherine Cortez Masto (D) over Joe Heck (R) 49-43 percent. 2012 Senate- Shelley Berkley (D) over Sen. Dean Heller (R) 48-42 percent. 2010 Senate- Sen. Harry Reid (D) over Sharron Angle (R) 51-44 percent.
  • Demographics: 29 percent Hispanic; 20 percent Bachelor’s degree or higher  
  • Inside Elections rating: Likely Democratic 
  • Outgoing Member: Kihuen, 37, was first elected in 2016 by defeating GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy 49-45 percent. He was the first Dreamer elected to Congress.
  • Potential Republican Field: Las Vegas City Council member Stavros Anthony is already in the race ($122,000 cash-on-hand on Sept. 30). Hardy could run now as well.  
  • Potential Democratic Field: Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (who is currently running for governor), former Rep. Steven Horsford (who lost to Hardy in 2014), state Sen. Yvanna Cancela (who represents Kihuen’s former state Senate seat), North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, state Sen. Pat Spearman. Susie Lee, who finished third in the 2016 primary, is running for the 3rd District open seat. 
  • Retirements: Kihuen is the 20th House member (and sixth Democrat) to announce they would not be seeking re-election without running for another office.