GOP's vulnerable Sen. Dean Heller gets a primary challenger

GOP's vulnerable Sen. Dean Heller gets a primary challenger

Businessman Danny Tarkanian announced Tuesday that he is running for Senate in 2018 against incumbent Sen.

In the past, Senator Dean Heller stated many times that Obamacare should be repealed: "The repeal of this law will not only reduce federal spending, but it will also allow Congress to address problems within the current health care system".

In a statement shortly after Tarkanian announced his candidacy on Tuesday, committee spokesman Michael McAdams says Heller has repeatedly "proven he is unafraid to put Nevadans first".

Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2018, and is the only GOP senator running in a state won by Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClintons attend private screening of "Wonder Woman" Rosenstein: Trump did not direct feds to investigate Clinton GOP senator: I wish Republicans had stood up to birtherism MORE in the 2016 presidential election. He claimed that Heller actually helped Clinton win the state due to his stance against Trump. "I fully supported President Trump to the end of the campaign".

Tarkanian called Heller a "Never-Trumper" and promised to carry out President Donald Trump's policies. Check back for updates.

Tarkanian is the son of the late Jerry Tarkanian, who coached basketball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Heller's campaign responded to the announcement by calling Tarkanian a "perennial candidate". Dean Heller wasn't just one of the first Never-Trumpers in the state of Nevada, he was one of the most influential. He has run for both state and federal offices dating back to 2004 with his most recent loss a year ago to Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in Nevada's 3rd Congressional District. Mike Lee (R., Utah), Ted Cruz (R., Texas), and Rand Paul (R., Ky.) in "fighting for real reforms against the liberals in our party".

The Senator touts his opposition to the burying of nuclear material thousands of feet deep using technologies and procedures that pose no measurable threat to the citizens of Nevada, trivial in comparison to the critical national issues that confront us today. Heller had opposed two efforts to repeal Obamacare before voting in approval of the "skinny" repeal, despite having voted for a repeal in 2015.

Tarkanian is casting his opponent as someone with a weak position on health care. Sadly, Senator Heller could not find the wisdom and fortitude to act on the facts and not compromise his earlier vow to Nevada voters.

"If you vote one way, you should have good reason for changing your vote", he told the Associated Press in July. He has wasted conservatives' time and cost the Republican Party seats up and down the ballot.

In a three-way primary between Heller, Amodei and Tarkanian, Amodei recieved 27 percent to Heller's 26 percent, well within the margin of error of 4.4 percent. He also ran for Nevada Secretary of State and for a U.S. Senate seat.

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