After a Nevada District Court judge approved redistricting lines for Nevada, State Senator Ruben Kihuen is announcing he is officially running in the new First Congressional District.
Congressional District 1 is located completely in urban Clark County, and it includes the Hispanic community of interest that was identified during redistricting hearings. In addition, the map includes Senator Kihuen’s current state senate seat and his former assembly seat. The district has a 42.7% Latino population which gives it the largest percentage of Latinos of any of the congressional districts in Nevada.
“I am happy that the redistricting process continues to move forward, and with the current approval of congressional maps by Judge Russell I am announcing my intentions to run in congressional district 1,” said Kihuen. “This is the district where I graduated from high school and college. This is the district where I have worked for the past decade. The district where I attend church, and the district where I live. I represented this community as an Assemblyman, it is the district that I represent as a State Senator, and I look forward to representing this district in Congress.”
The maps approved by Judge Russell give Democrats a strong advantage in Congressional District 1. Democrats have a partisan advantage of 27% points over Republicans providing a 52%-27% split with the rest of the voters being nonpartisan or third parties. Kihuen formally announced his candidacy in the beginning of September and reported over $100,000 in his first FEC report only a month later.
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