One Senate seat is up for election in Nevada, held by a Republican incumbent. Voters will also choose representatives for four House seats, three of which are held by Democrats and one by a Republican. And they will select a governor, an office currently held by a Republican. See Nevada’s primary results.
Sen. Dean Heller is the most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 and the only one running in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. First-term Rep. Jacky Rosen is the Democratic challenger in this competitive race. Although polls showed Heller pulling slightly ahead in October, Nevada has been trending blue.
How the vote has swung from 2016, so far
Margin in the 2018 Senate race for counties that went for Clinton or Trump in the 2016 general election, and the number of precincts reporting in those counties overall.
For counties with at least 10% of precincts reporting, this is how far the vote in the Senate race has shifted towards Democrats or Republicans, compared to 2016.
Democrats are optimistic about picking up the seat of moderate Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), who is term-limited. They nominated Steve Sisolak, a Clark County commissioner who led the effort to bring an NFL franchise to Las Vegas. In a tough Democratic primary, a fellow commissioner who had the backing of liberal groups called Sisolak a tool of real estate developers.
Conservative state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, whom Democrats have painted as an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, is running on the Republican side. More than 12 of Laxalt's family members wrote an op-ed opposing his candidacy, and Sandoval has refused to endorse him.
Going into this election, Nevada had 3 Democratic representatives and 1 Republican representative. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
In 2016, Trump won this district by 1 points and Jacky Rosen (D) won by 1.3.
Republican Danny Tarkanian, a real estate investor whose father was a basketball coach at the University of Las Vegas, has been trying -- unsuccessfully -- to win an election since 2004. He had originally mounted a primary challenge to Sen. Dean Heller (R) but was persuaded to switch to this House race, which he's running against Democrat Susie Lee.
In 2016, Clinton won this district by 4.9 points and Ruben Kihuen (D) won by 4.
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D) said last year that he wouldn't seek reelection for a seat that has existed for only three terms and been held by three people. One previous representative of the district is Democrat Steven Horsford; he's facing Republican Cresent Hardy, who ran in 2016.
The president is trying to bend Congress to his will in the shutdown fight, but many say his negotiating skills are falling short. “It’s like McDonald’s not being able to make a hamburger,” one critic said.