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July 7, 2015

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Heller says he needs Obama voters to win

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is in a bit of an awkward position as a Republican who has spent years in Congress staking out a conservative position.

By his own admission, Heller is relying on Barack Obama voters to hand him a re-election victory.

“There are plenty of crossover voters,” Heller said. “I see plenty of Obama-Heller voters, but I don’t see too many Romney-Berkley voters.

“I clearly need the Obama voters to win.”

Heller’s won them before. In 2008, his first re-election bid in the mostly Republican 2nd Congressional District, both Heller and Obama won Washoe County.

Heller, who was appointed to replace former Sen. John Ensign last year, needs to repeat that performance—in Washoe County particularly—to beat Democrat Shelley Berkley for the seat.

The pair have been engaged in a caustic and close battle for the seat. Public opinion polls put them within a percentage point or two of each other.

But if Heller is counting on the Obama vote for his own victory, does that mean he’s written off a Romney victory in Nevada? Not necessarily.

“I think it’s going to be real close, but I think they can do it,” Heller said shortly after GOP running mate Paul Ryan delivered his final campaign speech in Reno. “I just chatted with Congressman Ryan and he said it will be more difficult to win Nevada than Ohio but that they think they can win both.”

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  1. I don't think I can remember ever hearing a Republic make a not so veiled plea for Democratic voters to vote for him.

    It appears a last ditch act of desperation, whether needed or not.

    I was talking to a friend in Portugal who heard my complaints about our elections. She told me that their campaigns are only 1 month long, then the vote. She said it was sufficient time. I got depressed, and told her how lucky she was.

    Just image a one month campaign! I wish.

  2. Heller seems to be living in a fantasy world.

    Heller is an appointed member to the Senate. Not elected. Appointed. Not even popularly elected. Appointed. He replaced a disgusting human being who quit in utter disgrace from the Senate (Ensign).

    Heller doesn't seem to point out the fact his voting record is just as horrible as Ensign's. As a matter of fact, Heller is one of the reasons why the 112th Congress will go down in American political history as the most useless, incompetent, and ineffective one EVER.

    Heller, during this Senate Race, hasn't campaigned for ANYTHING. He just chose to attack Ms. Berkley relentlessly and savagely, while clouding his record in Congress. And he only permits the dirty angry attack money from shadowy campaign groups deluge the media for him. And he hopes that will carry him through.

    For Heller to say someone votes for President Obama and then votes for him also is absolutely absurd.

    Everyone knows that the Tea/Republican Party debacle will continue with a vote for Heller. He already took us to Hell. A vote for him will only be Heller.

    To vote for Obama and Heller is pretty much the same as putting whipped cream on a hot dog. Don't make sense.

    People are going to vote straight ticket. No more of this horrible Tea/Republican Party over reach agenda. It stops here.

    There WILL be a down ballot effect here in Nevada.

    Obama/Biden 2012! AND a Democratic Party majority in both the House and the Senate!

  3. Why would Obama voters select a candidate who believes that affordable health care is not in line with Biblical values?

  4. That will be interesting to see how that shakes out...

  5. Best choice in that race is none of the above. Heller is relyinig on the public to forget that this is not a re election vote for him because he was never elected in the first place. None of the above sounds good to me.