Nevada voters embraced Jacky Rosen's progressive agenda, and punished Dean Heller for his attempts to sabotage the American health care system.
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) is now Senator-elect Jacky Rosen after notching a resounding victory against one of Trump’s most loyal Senate toadies, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV).
“I will never stop fighting to protect our health care,” Rosen said in her victory speech, highlighting the issue that became the dominant theme not only in Nevada but across the country this election season.
Heller spent the summer of 2017 hemming and hawing over Republican plans to destroy the Affordable Care Act. At one point, he joined the state’s popular Republican governor to stand against the GOP bill.
But that was a lie. As soon as the cameras were off, Heller turned his back on Nevadans and rushed to Trump’s side.
Heller voted for a bill which would have caused millions of Americans to lose access to affordable health care, and would have wreaked havoc on individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Heller expressed no regrets for his vote — and even said that his failure to rip away health care from millions was a missed opportunity.
During the 2018 campaign, Heller made sure Nevadans knew there was no daylight between his agenda and Trump’s agenda.
“I think everything you touch turns to gold,” a sniveling Heller told Trump at a late October rally.
There was no doubt that Heller was Trump’s man, not a public servant willing to stand up for the interests of Nevadans.
Rosen told the truth when she hammered Heller for being a “spineless Senator.”
Rosen ran a solidly progressive campaign, trusting that the people of Nevada were ready to reject the divisive and hurtful politics of the Trump-Heller agenda and embrace a more positive direction for the country.
In her victory speech, Rosen “reiterated promises to fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, affordable higher education, gun safety legislation, voting rights, immigration reform, clean energy and women’s reproductive rights,” reports the Nevada Independent.
And Nevadans overwhelmingly agreed. In what was supposed to be a close race, Rosen beat Heller by more than 5 points, handing Heller his first electoral loss in more than 30 years.
On a night of many Democratic victories, the Silver State still shines bright.