Steven Horsford (D-NV-04)

Steven Horsford is running to represent the state of Nevada in the 4th Congressional district. He won the Democratic primary on June 12, defeating 5 other candidates. Now, he will face the Republican primary winner, Cresent Hardy, in the November 6 general elections.

Background and Achievements

Steven Horsford was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. For over a decade, he led the Culinary Academy and Nevada Partners, which focuses on the largest job training program in Nevada. He was Nevada’s first African American State Senate Majority Leader. He initially held this Congressional seat in 2013, when the district first became established. When he was defeated in 2014, he became an executive in a small local business, R&R Partners. Now, he is running for re-election.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Advocates for responsible gun control and background checks
  • Supports expanding economic opportunity
  • Advocate for renewable energy
  • Supports women’s rights

Prospects & Opponents

This is an open seat. In December 2017, the incumbent Ruben Kihuen (D) announced he would not run for re-election after facing sexual harassment allegations. This is the second time Horsford and Hardy will face off in the past 4 years. Horsford was elected in 2013, when this district first became established; however, Hardy defeated him in 2014. In 2016, Hardy lost the seat to Kihuen. Hardy is endorsed by the NRA. This race is rated a Likely Democratic Seat by the Cook Political Report. Democrats have a 46%-33% voter registration edge in the district. Ninety perfect of the district is in Clark County, one of the largest minority counties in the nation according to the 2018 edition of The Almanac of American Politics. Clark County is 31% Hispanic, 12% Black, and 10% Asian.


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