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Politics Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor

05:50  16 september  2021
05:50  16 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Nevada Republican Sen . Dean Heller talks to supporters before a joint appearance with Ivanka Trump, at the GOP field office in Reno, Nev., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Former Nevada Sen . Dean Heller is preparing to run for governor in 2022, giving Republicans a high-profile entrant into one of the key contests of the midterm elections. Heller has meetings with GOP governors , party leaders and major donors at the Republican Governors Association conference this week in Nashville, Tenn., according to three people familiar with the conversations.

Related: Former US Sen . Dean Heller appears at GOP events while weighing run for governor . Laxalt, who served one term as Nevada ’s attorney general, is now poised to swap places with Heller at the top of the 2022 ballot. Laxalt lost to Sisolak in 2018, the same year Heller was beaten by Democrat Jacky Rosen. Heller had a complicated relationship with former President Donald Trump, and has kept a low profile since leaving office. He had once been an outspoken critic of Trump, and the former president publicly scolded him for hindering a GOP health care plan. But they patched up their relationship by

Former Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.) will announce Monday he will run for governor of Nevada next year, entering a crowded Republican field ahead of what would be a challenging showdown against first-term Gov. Steve Sisolak (D).

Dean Heller, Rick Santorum are posing for a picture: Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor © Greg Nash Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor

Heller is likely to become a fast front-runner in a field that so far includes North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee (R) and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (R).

He plans to announce his campaign in Carson City, a source close to Heller confirmed to The Hill. The Nevada Independent editor Jon Ralston was the first to report Heller would seek to return to public office.

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The report said Heller has meetings with GOP governors , party leaders and major donors at the Republican Governors Association this week in Nashville. Heller , who has been involved in Nevada politics since the early 1990s, most recently served as a US Senator but was defeated by Democrat Jacky Rosen in 2018.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen . Dean Heller , a Republican who lost his reelection in 2018, is testing out a potential run for Nevada governor next year, speaking to rural Republicans at two events this month alongside announced candidates. Heller , who had a complicated relationship with President Donald Trump, spoke at a June 12 dinner in Elko hosted by the county Republican Party. He made a similar appearance last weekend at a GOP dinner in Churchill County. The former senator has kept a low profile since losing reelection in 2018 to Democrat Jacky Rosen. Heller had once been a critic of

Heller will rely on veteran Republican strategist Fred Davis to manage his paid advertising campaigns. Gene Ulm, a partner at the prominent Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, will handle his polling, the source told The Hill.

Heller, 61, has won four statewide elections in Nevada - three as Secretary of State, beginning in 1994, and a full term in the Senate, after he was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. John Ensign (R), who resigned in a cloud of scandal.

When he won a full term in 2012, Heller was one of only three Republicans across the country - including the secretary of state in Washington and Vermont's lieutenant governor - to win a statewide election in a state former President Obama carried.

But he could not survive the rising tide of anger directed at former President Trump, who twice lost Nevada's electoral votes. Heller lost reelection by a 5-point margin to Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in the 2018 midterms, which cost Republicans control of the House of Representatives and nearly the Senate.

Though Nevada has been trending toward Democrats at a national level, Sisolak was the first Democrat to win the governor's office in almost a quarter century. His predecessor, Brian Sandoval (R), now the president of the University of Reno, is a close Heller ally.

Heller's entry into the race sets up a bizarre possibility that he will once again share the top of the ticket with Adam Laxalt, Nevada's former Republican attorney general, only on opposite ends of the ballot. In 2018, Laxalt lost to Sisolak by 4 percentage points, at the same time Heller lost his seat to Rosen. This year, Laxalt is challenging Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) as Heller seeks the governorship.

Dean Heller and Adam Laxalt swap roles amid twin bids at a political comeback .
Dean Heller and Adam Laxalt are aiming for a Nevada do-over but with a 2022 twist. © Provided by Washington Examiner Heller, the losing Republican nominee for the Senate in 2018 when he ran as the incumbent, announced this week he is mounting a campaign for governor — attempting a political comeback by seeking an office the 61-year-old has long coveted. Laxalt, 43, the losing Republican nominee for governor in 2018 when he sought to advance from the state attorney general’s office, is trying to engineer a comeback of his own by running for the Senate.

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