I-Team: Mark Amodei Elected to Congress

By Steve Sebelius

Published 09/13 2011 09:13PM

Updated 09/14 2011 07:29AM

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevadans elected a new congressman Tuesday night.

In the first special election for a U.S. House seat in state history, voters chose Republican Mark Amodei by a wide margin over Democrat Kate Marshall.

The race was unique for several reasons.

Marshall ran a very conservative campaign, perhaps trying to appeal to the district's overwhelmingly Republican voter registration.

Marshall attacked Amodei for his record in the Nevada Legislature, including his vote in favor of a 2003 tax plan he proposed.

Marshall said she would have voted against that plan, putting her in league with conservatives such as former U.S. Senate candidate and former Republican Assemblywoman Sharron Angle.

Republicans took no chances with the race. National groups spent nearly a million dollars on ads attacking Marshall, including one that showed her mouthing the campaign trail slogans of other prominent Democrats.

Meanwhile, national Democrats steered clear of the race. The Nevada Democratic Party's vaunted turnout machine never engaged.

In the end, Marshall's gambit didn't work. She lost every county, including her home base of Washoe.

It was a humbling defeat for Marshall who last year garnered more than 338,000 votes in her statewide race for treasurer.

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