Heck and Titus Talk Education in Debate - 8 News NOW

Heck and Titus Talk Education in Debate

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LAS VEGAS -- One of the closest Congressional races in the country is in Southern Nevada. Freshman Congresswoman Dina Titus is locked in a heated battle with former State Assemblyman Joe Heck. 

Now, voters are getting a closer look at the candidates during a debate on the College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus. They talked taxes and the economy, but their stances on education took the spotlight. Congresswoman Titus says its her top priority.

"Not punishing the schools that are doing poorly, but helping them to do better and also higher education -- giving more people opportunity to go to college," she said.

Heck says his solution is putting Nevada students in positions of prominence. He says his real life experience gives him the edge.

"Three kids through the Clark County School District, a daughter that graduated from UNLV, an undergraduate degree in education, I teach at the medical school. These are things that are critically important to make sure our kids in southern Nevada will be able to compete," he said.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce says with 94,000 Hispanic voters, they can make or break the Congressional campaign. But they need 85 to 90-percent to show up at the polls.

"I'm not happy with what's going on in our country right now, so I'm blaming the Democrats. Basically, I just think their approach towards business, taxation is quite a bit different and I think the model we're doing right now isn't working," said Heck supporter Susan Ripley.

"In education, Nevada is very low on the totem pole here, and I'm for her because she's for education," said Titus supporter Dr. Alma White-Crenshaw.

Voters take their sides as candidates run neck and neck towards November. The most recent 8 News NOW/Las Vegas Review-Journal poll showed Titus had a four point lead over Heck. The poll had a margin of error of 4-percent.

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