Polls

Nevada Senate - Heller vs. Rosen

|

Candidates

Jacky Rosen

Jacky Rosen (D)

Bio | Campaign Site

Dean Heller

Dean Heller (R)*

Bio | Campaign Site

Nevada Snapshot

RCP Average: Tie
RCP Ranking
Toss Up
Key 2018 Races:
 GovernorNV-3NV-4

----------PAST KEY RACES----------

2016: President | SenateNV-3 | NV-4
2014
NV-3 | NV-4
2012
President | SenateNV-3 | NV-4
2010Governor | Senate | NV-3
2008: President | NV-3
2006: Governor | NV-2 | NV-3 
2004: President | Senate | NV-3

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
Rosen (D)
Heller (R)
Spread
Final Results------50.445.4Rosen +5.0
RCP Average10/29 - 11/4----46.746.7Tie
EmersonEmerson11/1 - 11/41197 LV3.04945Rosen +4
HarrisXHarrisX10/29 - 11/41400 LV2.64546Heller +1
Trafalgar Group (R)Trafalgar10/29 - 11/12587 LV1.94649Heller +3

All Nevada Senate - Heller vs. Rosen Polling Data

RCP Poll Average
Nevada Senate - Heller vs. Rosen
Nevada Senate - Heller vs. Rosen
46.7
Rosen (D)
46.7
Heller (R)
--
--
--
--
From:
to:




Race Analysis

10/26/18 -- Against the odds, Dean Heller has opened up a lead. Polls tend to overstate Democratic performance in Nevada, but the early vote (which is actually meaningful here) is more balanced than many would expect.  This is a close race right now.

9/13/18 -- Dean Heller is hanging in there, and Jacky Rosen has stumbled a few times as a candidate.  But an incumbent senator trailing his opponent while taking in just 40 percent of the vote two months before Election Day is not in good shape.

----------Race Preview----------

Nevada is really little more than a city-state. At statehood, it was a collection of small silver mining towns, with the population clustering around Carson City in the north.  Today, 86 percent of its votes are cast in the Las Vegas and Reno/Sparks metro areas, with 75 percent of the votes coming from Clark County (Las Vegas) alone.  Moreover, these have been some of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. The state's politics are thus typically in flux, with politicians having to reintroduce themselves to a whole new slate of voters every cycle.

This already tempestuous political situation was thrown further into turmoil when the Las Vegas real estate market collapsed. In 2008, this allowed Barack Obama to win a huge victory in a place that typically had close elections. In 2010 it looked as though this dynamic would claim Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, but the party's misstep in nominating Sharron Angle, and Angle's gaffes and misstatements on the campaign trail allowed Reid to survive for another six years, despite being massively unpopular. 

Nevada’s Democratic trend has slowed over the past few cycles, but it still leans a touch to the left.  Democrats are optimistic about their chances here.  Their candidate is candidate Jacky Rosen, who won an open seat in a swing district in 2016.  Republican Senator Dean Heller narrowly won against a flawed Democratic opponent in 2012.  But in addition to the national environment, he faces a challenge from the right from Danny Tarkanian, who lost to Rosen in 2016.  This seat starts as a tossup, but could quickly shift to Lean D status.

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
Rosen (D)
Heller (R)
Spread
Final Results------50.445.4Rosen +5.0
RCP Average10/29 - 11/4----46.746.7Tie
EmersonEmerson11/1 - 11/41197 LV3.04945Rosen +4
HarrisXHarrisX10/29 - 11/41400 LV2.64546Heller +1
Trafalgar Group (R)Trafalgar10/29 - 11/12587 LV1.94649Heller +3
HarrisXHarrisX10/28 - 11/31400 LV2.64545Tie
CNN*CNN*10/24 - 10/29622 LV4.84845Rosen +3
GravisGravis10/24 - 10/26773 LV3.54745Rosen +2
Emerson*Emerson*10/10 - 10/12625 LV4.24148Heller +7
NY Times/SienaNY Times/Siena10/8 - 10/10642 LV4.04547Heller +2
NBC News/MaristNBC/Marist9/30 - 10/3574 LV5.54446Heller +2
CNN*CNN*9/25 - 9/29693 LV4.64743Rosen +4
GravisGravis9/11 - 9/12700 LV3.74745Rosen +2
Suffolk*Suffolk*9/5 - 9/10500 LV4.44241Rosen +1
Suffolk*Suffolk*7/25 - 7/29500 LV4.44041Heller +1
GravisGravis6/23 - 6/26630 RV3.94541Rosen +4
Nevada Independent/MellmanNevada Independent4/12 - 4/19600 LV4.03940Heller +1