Democrat Jacky Rosen Just Won Dean Heller’s Nevada Senate Seat

It was the only seat in the chamber Democrats flipped Tuesday.

Jacky Rosen speaks in Las Vegas in October.Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom via ZUMA

Republican Sen. Dean Heller conceded to Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen in Nevada’s US Senate race. It was the only seat in the chamber Democrats picked up Tuesday after a string of other losses.

Rosen—a freshman congresswoman who represents southwestern Nevada, including part of Las Vegas—hammered Heller’s votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a strategy Democrats across the country utilized to unseat GOP incumbents. She also got a boost from national gun control groups, which backed her campaign in protest of Heller’s unwillingness to back gun reform measures after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead.

As Mother Jones‘ Tim Murphy reported, Rosen enjoyed strong support from the Culinary Workers’ Union, which represents nearly 60,000 casino and hotel workers in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The union led a massive grassroots effort to boost Democratic candidates like Rosen and Susie Lee, who won the House seat Rosen is vacating.


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