Amodei defeats Marshall for Nevada congressional seat
(LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL) -- by Laura Myers and Ed Vogel --
RENO -- Fed-up Republican voters fueled Mark Amodei's special election blowout victory Tuesday over Democrat Kate Marshall, keeping the 2nd Congressional District in GOP hands while shaking up President Barack Obama's supporters.
"The voters of Nevada have sent a message. The message is, it is time to start a change," Amodei told 200 supporters at the Eldorado Hotel.
Republicans spent heavily to ensure a big Amodei win -- up to $1 million from the national party and GOP groups -- as national Democrats all but abandoned state Treasurer Marshall in a district that has voted Republican since the House seat was created in 1982.
On the same night Amodei stomped Marshall by a whopping 22-point margin, 58 percent to 36 percent, Republicans won a special election shocker across the country in New York, taking what until recently was thought to be a safe Democratic House seat, too.
The two special elections together suggest a deep discontent with Obama's economic policies as unemployment remains high -- 12.9 percent in Nevada -- and debt continues to grow. In 2008, Obama won Nevada handily but is considered vulnerable to defeat in the battleground state in 2012...
"I'm 72, and this country is in the worst shape I have ever seen," said David Schulman, a registered Independent American voter casting his ballot at Johnson Lane Fire Station in conservative Douglas County. "I voted to make sure the messiah in Washington doesn't get another ally."
Schulman said he backed Amodei to help make sure Marshall didn't win.
"This is no time for nitpicking," he said...MORE...LINK