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Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D)

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● NV-04: Back in December, Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen announced that he wouldn’t seek a second term after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. With not long to go before the March 16 filing deadline, however, the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston reports that he’s considering running again. When Kihuen was asked about the report he said, "If you’re talking about the reconsideration, I have no comment," which is very far from a no. This seat, which includes Las Vegas’ northern suburbs, shifted from 54-44 Obama to a smaller 50-45 Clinton.

Ralston writes that Kihuen has been contacting his donors as well as the all-important Culinary Union and former Sen. Harry Reid, who both played a key part in his 2016 primary win. However, while Kihuen says he’s been encouraged to run again, Ralston doubts that state power players want him to stick around. Ralston writes that the Culinary Union plans to support former Rep. Steven Horsford no matter what (as far as we know, they have yet to endorse him publicly in the June primary), and Reid doesn’t seem to want his old protégé back.

Horsford and state Sen. Pat Spearman are both running in June, and other notable candidates could still jump in. Ralston also relays that, while Democratic strategists doubt that Kihuen is likely to win renomination, it’s not impossible. Republican Cresent Hardy, who unseated Horsford in 2014 and lost to Kihuen in 2016, is running again, and Team Blue is taking him seriously already; it would be catastrophic if Kihuen somehow managed to win the primary.

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