Democrat Jacky Rosen beat her Republican opponent Dean Heller in the Nevada Senate race — a swing state with a history of sending moderates to Washington.
The race was a key target for Democrats in their uphill battle to take control of the Senate. Heller, a first-term senator and former congressman who has spent three decades in politics, was widely viewed as the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbent in the chamber.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016 by 2.4 percentage points, while Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was elected by a similar margin. Obama won the state by 6.7 points in 2012.
Heller angered the GOP’s increasingly right-wing base when he refused to endorse Trump’s version of a border wall, criticized the president’s pardon of former Maricopa county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and said he had “no problem” funding Planned Parenthood (despite his record of voting to end federal reimbursements to the healthcare provider).
Heller also changed his position on the Affordable Care Act, initially opposing the GOP’s Obamacare repeal efforts citing cuts to Medicaid. But during a tough primary challenge from the right and attacks from Trump, he supported a Republican Obamacare replacement that would have dramatically reduced federal funding for Medicaid in the long term.
Rosen, the former president of one of the largest synagogues in Nevada, was recruited to run for office by former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who in 2016 convinced Rosen run for an open House seat in a southern Nevada district that simultaneously went for Trump. Rosen won the seat by just 1.2 points, or 4,000 votes.
The congresswoman framed herself as a moderate, touting her membership in the House Problem Solvers Caucus – a group of centrists seeking bipartisan agreement — and has voted with Trump 41 …read more
Source:: Business Insider