Joe Heck

At the Races: Wabash College, Swamp Critters and More
Decisions made and delayed in Nevada

Rep. Luke Messer, seen here in a family photo on the East Front of the Capitol, is running for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the August recess nears, candidates and maybe-candidates are making decisions that set the stage for both upcoming special elections and the 2018 midterms.

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announced on Wednesday he’s running for Senate.

Former Rep. Cresent Hardy Passes on 2018 Run
Lost to Ruben Kihuen in 2016

Former Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., passed on running for office again in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy announced he will not seek elected office in 2018.

Hardy said in a statement Tuesday that he would “continue to spend some much-needed time with my wife, children and grandchildren," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Rating Change: Nevada Senate Race Moves to Toss-Up
Feeling pressure from both sides, Dean Heller is more vulnerable

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller faces a credible Democratic challenger in Rep. Jacky Rosen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the only Republican senator up for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton last fall, Dean Heller had a tough task ahead of him next year.

And that was even before he started enduring attacks from within his own party.

Republicans Seeing Red in Newly Open Nevada Seat
Rosen’s decision to run for Senate opens up 3rd District Seat

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen is running for Senate, leaving behind a swing House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are largely on defense in 2018, but they see a bright spot in Nevada’s 3rd District. And they believe that spot is even brighter now that the Democratic incumbent is running for Senate.

Rep. Jacky Rosen’s decision to challenge GOP Sen. Dean Heller opens up the Nevada Democrat’s competitive seat. Operatives from both parties expect the House race to once again be one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the country.

The Return of Nevada’s Sharron Angle
Three-time failed candidate makes fourth bid for federal office in Silver State

Sharron Angle, Nevada’s 2010 GOP Senate nominee, is back for her fourth attempt at federal office. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Almost a year to the day she announced her last bid for federal office, Nevada Republican Sharron Angle on Tuesday announced a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Mark Amodei in the 2nd District. 

The 2010 Senate nominee ran for Senate again last year, losing to former Rep. Joe Heck in the GOP primary, 65 to 23 percent. The tea party favorite previously ran for the 2nd District when it was held by now Sen. Dean Heller

Thom Tillis Appoints New Legislative Director
Courtney Temple is one of the Senate’s few African-American senior staffers

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced the promotion Sunday of one of the few senior African-American staffers in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has appointed a new legislative director, who will be one of the few African-American senior staffers in the Senate.

Courtney Temple will lead Tillis’ legislative team after she was promoted from legislative assistant to director on Monday. She replaces Katy Talento, who will join President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council, focusing on healthcare policy. 

Bringing More Color and Less Testosterone to the Senate
Election of three minority women a silver lining for Democrats

Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina member of the Senate Tuesday. She is joined by two other women, Kamala Harris of California, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The unexpected victory of Donald Trump and news that Republicans will retain Senate control overshadowed historic gains Tuesday night. 

For the first time, three minority women were elected to the Senate, bringing to four the number of female minority senators, more than any previous Senate class. 

How Republicans Held the Senate
GOP prepared diligently for Trump, but he turned out to be a much different candidate than expected

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, was re-elected to a second Senate term, defeating Democrat Katie McGinty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican and Democratic strategists alike felt the shock set in when they saw the Dane County returns in Wisconsin, the early vote tallies in rural Florida, and the struggles of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Indiana who was supposed to run well ahead of the party’s candidate for Senate, Evan Bayh.

The unthinkable was happening: Donald Trump was going to win the presidential race. And with it, he was smashing a year’s worth of strategy in a dozen competitive Senate races.  

Democrat Jacky Rosen Wins in Nevada's 3rd District
GOP Rep. Joe Heck vacated seat for unsuccessful Senate run

Democrat Jacky Rosen is heading to Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated Republican Danny Tarkanian in Nevada’s 3rd District, The Associated Press reports.

Rosen led Tarkanian 47 percent to 46 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. 

Democrats Hold Harry Reid's Nevada Senate Seat
Cortez Masto wins open seat contest in Nevada

Catherine Cortez Masto, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada, delivers her victory speech at the Nevada Democrats' election night watch party at the Aria Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas after defeating Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., to fill Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's seat on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On what was otherwise a rough night, retiring Minority Leader Harry Reid has at least one reason to smile.

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will keep the Senate seat he’s vacating in Democratic hands, The Associated Press projects.