Most members of Nevada's congressional delegation shouldn't need any help finding their way around Capitol Hill.
Incumbent Republican Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei and former Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat, easily won return trips to Washington on Tuesday.
Only Heck drew much of a challenge, but he comfortably defeated John Oceguera, the departing speaker of the Nevada Assembly, in a 3rd District race that saw $8.7 million in spending, two-thirds of it by out-of-state groups.
That's roughly $1 million more than was spent in Nevada's three other congressional contests.
The result was a heavy barrage of negative ads from the two candidates and the respective political action committees backing them.
The GOP slammed Oceguera, 44, for drawing pay as an assistant fire chief in North Las Vegas while serving in the Legislature in Carson City, then retiring with full pension at age 43.
The Democrats went after Heck for his stance on women's health issues, education and Social Security, which he once famously referred to as a "pyramid scheme."
Registration in the 3rd District is evenly split. Heck, 50, is the first incumbent to successfully defend the 3rd District seat since Republican Rep. Jon Porter won a third term in 2006.
In a short speech to a diminished crowd of Republicans at The Venetian just after 11 p.m., Heck thanked supporters and made note of a GOP bright spot: maintaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"That's going to be the system of checks and balances on the Senate and the president," Heck said.
Titus and Amodei each cruised against little-known challengers in the 1st and 2nd Districts, respectively. Titus trounced Republican newcomer Chris Edwards, 47, and two minor party candidates in the heavily Democratic urban Clark County district, which Shelley Berkley left to run for U.S. Senate.
In 2008, Titus beat Porter, only to be swept out of office by Heck two years later.
"We are feeling good," the 62-year-old retired UNLV professor said Tuesday. "We're excited about the results from the president on down to us."
As for Democrats being outnumbered in the House, Titus said people want results, not more partisan bickering.
"I served in the Nevada Legislature in the minority for all but two years. That's not going to be anything new to me," she said.
Amodei, 54, easily beat Democrat Samuel Koepnick, 31, and two other candidates to win a second term - his first full one - in the heavily Republican district.
The longtime state senator from Carson City won the job in a special election in 2011 after Heller moved into the U.S. Senate seat vacated by embattled Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.
Republicans have won every race in the 2nd District since it was created in 1982.
Court-ordered redistricting last year only increased the edge for the GOP.
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