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Signage directs voters toward the voting center inside K. O. Knudson Middle School on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent

Former Miss Nevada and small business owner Lisa Song Sutton officially entered the race for Congressional District 4 Monday, joining a growing field of Republican hopefuls looking to flip the seat after two cycles of Democratic control. 

Sutton, who won her title as Miss Nevada in 2014 and owns four businesses across Las Vegas, will contend with at least five other Republican candidates in the primary election next June, including former Assemblyman Jim Marchant, Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo, former congressional staffer Charles Navarro, veteran and business owner Sam Peters and small business owner Rebecca Wood. 

District 4 — which encompasses much of the northern half of the Las Vegas metro area, including portions of Summerlin and North Las Vegas, as well as a number of rural counties across central Nevada — has twice flipped between the major parties since its creation in 2012. 

Most recently, it was won by Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in 2018 after sitting Rep. Ruben Kihuen, also a Democrat, declined to run for re-election amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. Horsford had originally won the seat in 2012, but lost it after one term to Republican Cresent Hardy in 2014. 

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