Commentary: Nevada Senate Race

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Heller (R) vs. Rosen (D)

By Pawan Naidu

Sen. Sean Dean Heller (R-NV) has managed to keep one of the Senate seats in Nevada red, against the state’s move to becoming blue. However, the former Secretary of State of Nevada has his work cut out for him in the November elections as he is set up to defend his seat against Rep. Jacky Rosen.

Heller was first appointed to the Senate by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2012. Prior to entering politics Heller was a stockbroker and Chief Deputy State Treasure in the Nevada Office of the State Treasure.

Rosen is new to politics. Her first campaign was in 2016 when she won the House seat representing the third district of Nevada. Before Rosen decided to pursue a career in politics she was the owner of a consulting business, Congregation Ner Tamid.

A lot of people have been projecting the Nevada Senate seat as the most vulnerable for Republicans. Heller has not won a national election and the state has been moving left. However, Heller is a brand that is going to put up a fight. He’s been part of Nevada politics since the early 1990s and he knows the dynamics of the state.

Rosen is looking to ride the momentum of the states shift towards the left. A lot of news organizations have rated this seat as lean left because the state seems primed for a blue wave. However, Rosen is still a novice and is going to have to find a way to show her enthusiasm and energy to compensate for the lack of experience.

Heller didn’t run for governor because he thought he could keep his seat and that will prove to be a mistake. The democratic enthusiasm is too large and the continuing dynamics of the state shifting blue, and Rosen will deliver a knockout blow to the Republican senator.

Prognosis: Rosen +6

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