POLITICS

First Hispanic Governor in Nevada

Gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval  talks about  Nevada issues during a debate with opponent  Rory Reid Tuesday night, Oct 26, 2010 at Great Basin College Theater in Elko, Nev.  Insults were traded and reputations questioned in a feisty debate Tuesday between Nevada gubernatorial candidates over the state's budget crisis, political ambitions and job experience as early voting winds down and Election Day looms. (AP Photo/Elko Daily Free Press, Ross Andreson).

Gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval talks about Nevada issues during a debate with opponent Rory Reid Tuesday night, Oct 26, 2010 at Great Basin College Theater in Elko, Nev. Insults were traded and reputations questioned in a feisty debate Tuesday between Nevada gubernatorial candidates over the state's budget crisis, political ambitions and job experience as early voting winds down and Election Day looms. (AP Photo/Elko Daily Free Press, Ross Andreson).

Brian Sandoval, the Republican tea party darling in Nevada, became the state’s first Hispanic governor on Tuesday, Fox News is reporting.

Sandoval, who was the state’s first Hispanic attorney general, gave up a lifetime federal judge appointment last year to run for governor. He defeated Rory Reid, the son of the powerful senator.

The politician of Mexican descent publicly declared his support of Arizona law SB1070, which allows police officers to stop and ID anyone they suspect of being an undocumented immigrant, and has said he’s against issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Sandoval’s positions on immigration endeared him to conservatives, but drew among Hispanic activist groups.