Nevadans headed to polls Tuesday for primary election
Today is Primary Day across Nevada and voters will be heading to the polls. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Tuesday, June 12, is primary election day in Nevada. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Secretary of State Ross Miller talks about primary elections on June 12, 2012. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Voting started at 7 a.m. this morning for Nevada's primary election. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Tuesday was Primary Day across Nevada and voters headed to the polls.
In the 4th Congressional District, three Republicans are vying to go up against Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford.
Danny Tarkanian is the name that most people recognize in that race, but state Sen. Barabara Cegavske has been gathering speed in the race and is aiming for an upset.
Dan Schwartz is also considered a viable contender in that race and could also pull off an upset.
In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley each face several lesser known candidates.
Heller was appointed last year after John Ensign resigned because of a sex scandal. Heller is expected to easily win.
Berkley is in her seventh House term but running her first campaign outside of the Las Vegas area. However, she is still expected to come out on top in today's race.
Heller and Berkley would then would then face each other in November's election.
Depending on the winner of that race in November, it could determine whether or not Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats maintain control of the upper house.
In Nevada's 3rd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Joe Heck and Democratic challenger John Oceguera have both enjoyed quiet primaries and are expected to easily win their parties' nominations. They will then face each other in the fall.
Three little-known Democrats will face each other in the 2nd Congressional District. The winner of today's election will face U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., in November.
Meanwhile, five Republicans in the 1st Congressional District are battling for the right to face former U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.
The primary results in the Nevada Legislature race could set the stage for a change in control of the state senate. Democrats currently have 11 seats and the Republicans have 10.
In addition, voters in Laughlin will decide if the town should be turned into a city. Laughlin residents will also vote for a new mayor and four city council members.
As of 3pm Tuesday afternoon, election officials say close to 23,000 people had voted in Clark County. A number they hope will increase significantly by the end of the night.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at more than 200 sites in Clark County.
Action News will provide coverage throughout the day and will have a full report on the results on Action News at 11 p.m.
To find out where your polling location is, just click here.