GOP senator won't rule out 2018 run for Nevada governor

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R), a top Democratic target who faces a tough reelection, won’t rule out a run for Nevada governor in 2018. 

In a Thursday interview with Politico, Heller said he’s happy in his current role, but suggested openness to considering a run to succeed term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval (R).


“I like what I do, so I’ll consider it but I like what I do,” said Heller.

Asked to elaborate on his answer, Heller demurred, responded, “I’m not going to tell you what that means. I’m happy with my job.” 

No Democratic challengers have emerged to unseat Heller, but it’s a seat that the party will be eying and one of their only pickup opportunities in 2018.

Heller defeated Democrat Shelley Berkley in 2012 by a little more than 1 point despite President Obama carrying Nevada.

In the 2016 election, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) defeated GOP Rep. Joe Heck for outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE’s seat.

Masto’s win was one of the few bright spots for Democrats on Election Day, as Republicans won the White House and maintained their majorities in both the House and Senate.

Heller warned Thursday not to overthink his comments and noted that he’ll consider how much Congress can accomplish with a Republican White House.

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The GOP senator was hesitant to throw his full support behind Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE during the campaign and had criticized some of his more controversial rhetoric.