Heller to seek re-elec­tion in­stead of Ne­vada gov­er­nor­ship

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Tom How­ell Jr.

Sen. Dean Heller of Ne­vada said Thurs­day he will forego a bid for gover­nor and seek re-elec­tion in 2018.

Mr. Heller, a Repub­li­can, hinted as re­cently as this month that he was con­sid­er­ing a cam­paign to suc­ceed Repub­li­can Gov. Brian San­doval, who will be termed out in two years.

“My fam­ily and I have put much thought and prayer in con­sid­er­ing the best way to serve the state that we love. I be­lieve serv­ing and run­ning for re­elec­tion as Ne­vada’s se­nior Se­na­tor is where I can do the most good and have the big­gest im­pact for Ne­vada,” Mr. Heller wrote Thurs­day on Face­book.

“Serv­ing as gover­nor would be an enor­mous honor, but I am look­ing for­ward to be­ing Ne­vada’s strong­est voice on Capi­tol Hill,” he said.

Mr. Heller was among the few Repub­li­cans who re­fused to rally be­hind Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump dur­ing the cam­paign, though he’s told me­dia out­lets he is ready to work with the mogul go­ing for­ward.

Though it’s un­clear who Mr. Heller could face in 2018, Democrats will surely tar­get him as a po­ten­tial swingstate pickup in an oth­er­wise daunt­ing map for the party.

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