LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Democrat Steven Horsford has defeated Republican businessman Danny Tarkanian in a bruising campaign to represent Nevada's new 4th District in Congress.
The 50-year-old Tarkanian was considered a long shot in his fourth run at elected office. He was pitted against a 39-year-old rising political star from North Las Vegas who was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and became Nevada's first black majority leader in 2008.
Tarkanian faced challenges including a $17 million federal court judgment last month against him and his family from a failed real estate deal. But he had the advantage of name recognition as the son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian.
The 4th District stretches across a vast swath of central Nevada, from urban North Las Vegas to just southeast of Reno.
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