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Nevada Senator Dean Heller addressed President Trump at a rally Saturday and told him, "Everything you touch turns into gold."
Whether Heller returns to the Senate next year could be the ultimate test of that statement – at least when it comes to politics.
Few Republicans have traveled further than Heller from the entrenched Trump critic to console Trump's allies. Two years after the notable saying that he was "99 percent against" Trump, Heller not only appears in political rallies with Trump over and over again, he uses his office hours at the events to compliment the compliment on the president.
"We were not friends. I did not like him, he did not like me. "Trump told a Nevada crowd recently that the president taunted Heller during a White House meeting when Heller played a key role in Republicans' efforts to lift the Affordable Care Act, but then Trump remembered," We started liking each other, then we started loving each other. "
A close relationship with Trump is a plus in 2018 when a Republican wants to survive a primary challenge, but it's not clear how this positioning in general elections plays in a divided state like Nevada.
Whether voters reward or punish Heller for his development, Trump ally concluding, will be one of the main political issues, the Nevada Senate
The result will also show whether Democrats or Republicans this year have become more energetic and how the Democrats n navigated the challenging terrain of the 2018 Senate map.
Nevada will likely be the best-watched Senate race in the last two weeks of the medium-term campaign. Early elections play a crucial role in the elections in Nevada. More than half of the country's electorate voted before election day. The state electoral offices daily keep track of how many voters have voted for each party, and both the Democrats and the Republicans are working hard to get as many votes as possible before 6 November.
After three full election days it is not clear which party has the upper hand. Nevada's most prominent political journalist, Jon Ralston, wrote Tuesday morning that "it does not seem to be a wave choice, as it was in 2014 (red) and 2016 (blue), but that's not like the last two midterms like an unusually high election year for three quarters of the last presidential year. "
The higher the turnout, the better for the Democrats in Nevada, but Ralston warned against drawing too many conclusions until a few days more early voting data had come in.
In the meantime, Democrats are doing everything they can to toast the type of voter who appears in presidential races but sits in the middle of it. Former President Barack Obama met with Democratic challenger Helly, Republican Jacky Rosen, in Las Vegas on Monday and warned, "The consequences you have at home would be extremely dangerous for this country, our democracy."
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Former Vice President Joe Biden recently visited the state, as did several Democratic candidates from 2020.
Rosen, on her part, is trying to cast anti-Trump energy in votes. While many other Democratic candidates have tried to keep Trump out of their electoral campaign, Rosen is planning a vote for her to control the Trump administration.
She repeatedly criticized Trump's decision to end the postponed action for the Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA, as well as his controversial policy of separating children from parents who attempted to illegally enter the United States on the southern border. And Heller's move from "no" to "yes" during Obamacare's retreat last year is at the heart of Rosen's ad campaign.
Rosen told NPR that, for one simple reason, the vote had stalled voters: everyone became ill. "That's the thing that binds every single person," she said, "even though there are other things to worry about, so it's important."
Rosen has called Heller a "blank check" for Trump, and your campaign has portrayed him as one of those shaky tube men often seen in front of dealerships and floating in the wind between anti-Trump and pro-Trump positions.
At the end of their unanimous televised debate, Heller defended his new belief in President Trump last week. "We started working together and it built trust," he said. "If you succeed, it builds trust, and when you have faith, it builds friendships."