Nevada Demos re-elect Lange as state chairwoman

Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange was re-elected Saturday.

She vowed to lead a drive to return U.S. Sen. Harry Reid to Washington, put another Democrat in the White House and regain control of the Nevada Legislature.

The vote was unanimous by the party’s central committee meeting in Reno.

Democrats lost a lot of ground in the 2014 midterm elections. Reid, D-Nev., lost party control of the U.S. Senate, although he retained his leadership role, becoming minority leader of the Democrats. He announced he would run for a sixth term in 2016.

In Nevada, Republicans won majority control of the state Senate and the Assembly, a shock to Democrats who saw low turnout.

At this point, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has not yet officially launched her White House bid, appears likely to become the Democratic presidential nominee with little big name competition.

The Republican race for the nomination appears wide open with half a dozen strong contenders among two dozen possible candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, who have all visited Nevada this year.

Lange vowed to return Democrats to power in the battleground state and in Congress and retain the White House.

“I am honored to be entrusted to again serve Nevada Democrats as chair in one of the most important election cycles for Nevada in recent memory,” Lange said in a statement.

“We have a lot of work to do in the coming months to prepare for our first-in-the-west presidential caucuses and the general election next year where we will re-elect Nevada Senator Harry Reid, again win Nevada for the Democratic nominee for president, win back seats in our congressional delegation, and take back our Democratic majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.”

Contact Laura Myers at or 702-387-2919. Find her on Twitter: @lmyerslvrj

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