Danny Tarkanian has announced that he will be challenging Dean Heller (R-NV) in the Republican primary next year. Tarkanian, 55, the son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, supported President Trump during his campaign and he has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. He has previously run for office on numerous occasions – losing to Democratic leader Harry Reid in 2010 and most recently to Jacky Rosen (D-NV 3rd District) in 2016.
CB Polling conducted an online Google Consumer Survey of Nevada residents from October 27th to October 29th. Among those 1003 surveyed, 429 declared their intention to vote in the Nevada Senate election of 2018. Both Dean Heller and Danny Tarkanian are tied at 50% support
Dean Heller has served in the Senate since 2011 and was previously elected as Secretary of State in Nevada. He is perceived as one of the most vulnerable GOP Senators in the 2018 midterms. Known for initially being a critic of Senate Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, drawing the ire of Donald Trump, Heller ultimately decided to support the failed bill. He also did not endorse Donald Trump before the election, but later admitted he voted for him.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has endorsed Dean Heller, calling him a “proven” lawmaker. Heller is the only Senator from the party facing re-election in a state that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
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