Democrats brace for another Senate nail-biter in Nevada

Democrats brace for another Senate nail-biter in Nevada

Democrats are bracing for another Senate nail-biter in Nevada, as the latest polling indicates a virtual dead heat between the two candidates vying for the seat.

Incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and her Republican challenger, former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, have been locked in an intense battle for the seat, with the outcome likely to be determined by the slimmest of margins.

The race has been a tight one from the start, as Nevada is a swing state that has been trending blue in recent years. But the deep red nature of the state’s rural areas has caused Cortez Masto to struggle to gain traction in those areas.

At the same time, Laxalt has been able to tap into the state’s deep-seated conservative roots, garnering support from voters who may not typically support Republicans.

Cortez Masto, meanwhile, has focused on her record of fighting for Nevada’s middle-class families, while touting her support of health care reform and environmental protections.

Both candidates have also sought to portray themselves as being in touch with the needs of working families, though Cortez Masto has sought to emphasize her commitment to expanding access to health care and education, while Laxalt has been adamant about cutting taxes and regulations.

The race has been an expensive one, with both candidates pouring millions of dollars into their campaigns. As of last week, Cortez Masto had raised more than $9 million, while Laxalt had raised more than $6 million.

With the race so close, it is expected to come down to voter turnout. Democrats are hoping that the enthusiasm that helped them win the governorship and other statewide offices in 2018 will be enough to push Cortez Masto over the edge.

But with polls showing the race in a virtual dead heat, Democrats are bracing for another nail-biting finish in the Silver State.