Amodei Wins Seat in Congress

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Amodei Wins Seat in Congress

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Republican Mark Amodei enjoyed a more than 20-point victory over Democrat Kate Marshall in Tuesday's special election. He hopes to take office this week.

Republican Mark Amodei won Nevada's special election in a landslide.

He took 58 percent of the vote, beating Democrat Kate Marshall by more than 20 points.

It didn't take too long after the polls closed before Mark Amodei got a phone call from Kate Marshall congratulating him on his win.

Amodei: "With a little less than half of the precincts reported, I hope the treasurer was right about this and I hope the chairman was right about this." (Laughter)

Mark Amodei took a commanding lead and quickly set about planning his first trip to Washington.

He's got a plane ticket for Wednesday and if all goes smoothly he could be in office as early as Thursday.

After his victory speech, we asked Amodei if he thought President Obama factored into his landslide win.

Amodei: "As a general thing, people vote their pocketbooks and they're awful worried about where they're at economically and financially. And so and you know what and it may not be such a huge surprise in Nevada, but you add the New York stuff with it and it's like wow."

He's referring to New York's congressional race. They had a special election on the same night.

The seat left by Anthony Weiner (a heavily Democratic district) went to the Republican candidate.

Amodei: "I think the message is what we've been doing for the last two or three years isn't working. We need to change."

But political analyst Erik Herzik takes issue with some who say that the Nevada race was a total referendum on the President.

Herzik: "I disagree. This is a Republican district and the Republican should win by a healthy margin- I mean look at the past history of the district."

Still, the nearly 22-point win is bigger than usual.

The two non-major party candidates didn't turn out to be major force in the race.

Nonpartisan Helmuth Lehmann grabbed four percent of the vote.

Tim Fasano with the Independent American Party snagged less than two percent.