Rep. Amodei easily wins re-election

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Republican Rep. Mark Amodei has won again in a mostly rural district that no Democrat has ever represented.

Democratic challenger Clinton Koble picked up several labor endorsements but was outspent in the campaign by a 9-to-1 margin.

The 60-year-old Amodei is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

It's the safest GOP seat in the western battleground state where two open seats are up for grabs.

Amodei has represented the district created in 1982 since he won a special election in 2011. Last time, he claimed 58 percent of the vote in the district that covers most of northern Nevada including Reno and Carson City.

A Carson City native, Amodei is the former chairman of the Nevada Republican Party who served in the Legislature for 13 years.

Koble is an Obama-era appointee to the U.S. Agriculture Department.