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Ruben Kihuen unseats Rep. Cresent Hardy to become Nevada's first Latino congressman

FILE - In this June 14, 2016 file photo, Nevada Democratic Congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen celebrates at an election night party in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

FILE - In this June 14, 2016 file photo, Nevada Democratic Congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen celebrates at an election night party in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen has unseated Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy in a solidly Democratic Nevada House district.

The longtime state lawmaker had support from Sen. Harry Reid and the politically formidable Culinary Union. He's a Mexican immigrant who will be Nevada's first Latino congressman.

The swing seat has a double-digit Democratic registration advantage and was held by a Democrat for one term before going Republican in the "red wave" of the 2014 election.

Kihuen's campaign highlighted Hardy's verbal gaffes, opposition to gun control measures and support of Donald Trump, although Hardy revoked his endorsement of the Republican nominee in October.

Hardy and his allies associated Kihuen with "sleaze" after the public relations and lobbying firm where he works was subpoenaed in a corruption investigation targeting a Las Vegas city councilman.

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