GOP Nevada Sen. Dean Heller has a razor-thin lead over Dem: poll

GOP Nevada Sen. Dean Heller has a razor-thin lead over Dem: poll

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) (

WASHINGTON – GOP Sen. Dean Heller has a razor-thin lead over Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen in the Nevada Senate race, according to a poll released Thursday.

The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 47 percent of the respondents said they support Heller, compared with 45 percent who said they support Rosen. Seven percent said they are not certain which candidate they support.

The live poll surveyed 642 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Heller, 58, has served in the Senate since 2011. He is considered a moderate Republican and has supported most of the Trump administration’s key policies while being careful not to alienate independent voters.

Rosen, 61, has served in Congress since 2017. She is endorsed by liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List.

For months polls have showed Heller and Rosen neck-in-neck.

The race is considered a must-win for Democrats if the party is to defy pundit predictions and retake the Senate.

Nevada is a swing state that has leaned Democratic in the past decade.

Hillary Clinton won the state by two points in 2016. Former President Barack Obama carried Nevada twice by comfortable margins. The state’s governor, Brian Sandoval, is a Republican.

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