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Who will win Nevada's Senate seat: Jacky Rosen or Dean Heller?

In the waning days of the midterm elections, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is locked in a tight race with first-term Rep. Jacky Rosen. Heller, a Republican, is seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the 2018 election. Hillary Clinton won Nevada in 2016 and the state is reliably purple. Rosen is positioning herself as a champion of civil rights while still showcasing her bi-partisan bonafides. But which candidate has the momentum to win the state?

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Jacky Rosen entered the race after being tapped by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take on Heller. Per Glamour

Knocking Heller out is key to the Democrats’ attempt to wrest control of Washington from Republicans and slow—or derail—policies Rosen and the Democrats say are hurtful to women: "Planned Parenthood is at stake," she says, rattling off a roster of areas where she feels Republicans are doing damage to women. "Supreme Court, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights…our health care, our environment, just—the list goes on and on, right?”
...A former computer programmer and synagogue president, Rosen, 61, may not be a household name. But she is, inarguably, a major player in a midterm cycle that’s a national gut check on the man in the White House. Nevada polls have been in flux ahead of Election Day; trackers at the Cook Political Report rate the Rosen-Heller fight a toss-up.
...She's a pro-choice lawmaker whose Senate bid is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and EMILY's List. Regarding the economy, she backs a $15 minimum wage, growing Nevada's solar power sector, and a legal marijuana industry she says is generating new tax dollars. As a woman who put outside work on hold to care for ailing parents and in-laws, she vows to resist any attempt to cut or privatize Medicare and social security.
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While many liberal candidates across the nation have taken on the mantle of activism, Rosen has held tight to her more moderate roots. Per Vox:

Rosen often emphasizes her bipartisan record and habit of working with Republicans on a range of issues, from the economy to elder care. She wants to fix America’s infrastructure, fill in potholes, and work with Republicans to do it.
But when it comes to the big-ticket issues in 2018 — health care and immigration — Rosen is fairly liberal. She agrees with her Democratic colleagues that the Affordable Care Act needs to be stabilized, and although she is not sold on the idea of the progressive rallying cry that is Medicare-for-all, she’d like to see a public option extended through Medicaid.
The same goes for immigration. Given the state’s large Latino population, Rosen has been an advocate for passing a clean DREAM Act, and she took a risky vote in January against a short-term spending bill to keep the government open. The backdrop of this vote included Democrats and moderate Republicans in Congress frustrated that Republicans stonewalled a popular, bipartisan immigration bill to protect young, unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers, pitting the equally popular children’s health insurance program (or CHIP) against young immigrants.
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Dean Heller was previously a member of the staunch Never Trump wing of the Republican party, once saying he was "100 percent against Clinton, 99 percent against Trump." However, times have changed and so has Heller's view on the president. 

Now one of Trump's closest allies in the Senate, Heller is getting a boost from numerous members of the Trump family on the campaign trail—Ivanka Trump recently held a rally for the Senator. Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Speaking to several dozen Republican campaign volunteers in Reno, the first daughter praised Heller for his work on workforce development and for his part in crafting and helping push the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last fall.
“Sen. Heller is a doer,” she said.
Ivanka Trump and Heller worked together during the push for tax reform last year, specifically on doubling the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child.
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Heller has used his proximity to the president as a selling point on the campaign trail. Per NPR

"We weren't friends. I didn't like him, he didn't like me." Trump recently told a Nevada crowd. The president memorably taunted Heller during a White House meeting at a point when Heller was a key holdout on the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But then, Trump recalled, "We started to like each other, then we started to love each other."
A close relationship with Trump is an asset in 2018, if a Republican wants to survive a primary challenge. But it's not clear how that positioning plays in a general election in an evenly-divided state like Nevada.
Whether or not voters reward or punish Heller for his evolution to close Trump ally will be one of several key political questions that Nevada's Senate results will answer.
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Who will win Nevada's Senate seat: Jacky Rosen or Dean Heller?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamRosen
#TeamHeller