Nevada results for every midterm race
Long-shot Democratic dreams of retaking the Senate start in Nevada, where Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican incumbent running for reelection in 2018 in a state Hillary Clinton won.
Heller is facing Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, hand picked by former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. She’s hoping the political machine that has powered Democrats to victory in the Silver State even in years that were otherwise ugly for the party will help carry her to victory this year. This race has been one of the most expensive this year, an ignoble distinction for such a sparsely populated state.
The incumbent, who at one time flirted with opposing his party on Obamacare repeal, has since tacked steadily to the right. Heller voted gladly for the tax bill and he showed no qualms about supporting Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has become hugely popular in two terms, but he can’t run again and he is strangely alienated from the two Republicans running at the top of the ballot in 2018. Sandoval found himself at odds with Heller over Obamacare repeal, refusing to support the GOP’s plans because of their Medicaid overhaul.
But Sandoval has also hesitated to embrace the Republican running to replace him as governor, Secretary of State Adam Laxalt, who has undertaken a much Trumpier campaign than the moderate Sandoval ever would have. Democratic candidate Steve Sisolak isn’t particularly inspiring either, but Nevada is a purple state turning blue so the governor’s race is still a toss-up.
Democrats also need to defend two House seats, but election forecasters expect them to hold onto both.
Nevada is one bright spot for Democrats in a sea of Republican-controlled state legislatures. Daily Kos expects them to hold onto their Democratic majorities today, when the entire state House of Representatives and half the state Senate is on the ballot.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating isn’t great here either, with his disapproval rating topping 50 percent, according to Morning Consult.