It looks promising for the GOP in Nevada, even though they don’t have a top-tier candidate running.
This is starting to remind me of the ‘82 NV Senate race when 24-year incumbent Howard Cannon was finally beaten, but not by a first-tier challenger, but by a second-tier ex-legislator named Meyer “Chic” Hecht (the only defeat of an incumbent Dem Senator that year). Cannon had tough runs throughout his career, beating 4 first-tier Republicans in a row after his being part of the ‘58 anti-Ike landslide that swept over a dozen Democrats in (over Molly Malone, the incumbent Republican; followed by then-Lt Gov. Paul Laxalt in ‘64, whom Cannon beat by FORTY-EIGHT votes; the current State Senate GOP leader Bill Raggio in ‘70; and one-term wonder ex-Congressman David Towell in ‘76, whom Cannon defeated in an unexpected 2-to-1 landslide).
But ethical allegations (mafia links) finally caught up, and getting battered in the primary from Congressman Jim Santini caused him to fall to Hecht. It was a shame, Hecht was one of the few “real people” to have served in the Senate (and few Jewish Conservatives to have served in that body), and he was mocked and scorned for that, and sadly, he wasn’t able to hold the seat in the good GOP year of ‘88 (when the Dems recruited Gov. Dick Bryan, who was in the middle of his second term, who beat Hecht by a narrow 50-46%).
It’s a pretty crowded field, but, as has been noted, there isn’t a first-tier candidate running. Congressman Dean Heller (whose voting record in the House has been pretty good) would probably clear the field and be our strongest opponent against Harry Reid. It would also allow term-limited conservative state Senator Maurice Washington to run for the House seat. (I know, I know, Heller hasn’t expressed interest in the Senate race, and there’s no guarantee that Washington would run for Congress if the seat oppened up, but I’m just pointing out what would be our best-case scenario.)
BTW, do we know anything about Sue Lowden’s or Danny Tarkanian’s stances on the issues? From what I’ve read about Lowden, I suspect that she’s a liberal on social issues.