Heller to seek re-election instead of Nevada governorship
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.