Photo: Jackie Rosen for Nevada

Election: Blue Wave Sweeps Nevada

The Democratic "blue wave" hit up and down the ballot in Nevada on Tuesday, toppling an incumbent Republican U.S. senator, keeping two open U.S. House seats in the Democratic column and giving the party its first Nevada governor in two decades. The wins in the battleground state fueled by powerfully organized labor unions and backlash to President Donald Trump and also kept the state Legislature in Democratic hands.

Democrat Jacky Rosen has defeated incumbent Republican Dean Heller in a hard-fought battle for a U.S. Senate seat in Nevada. Rosen on Tuesday ousted Heller, who has been in office since he was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2011. Heller was considered the most vulnerable Republican running for re-election to the U.S. Senate this year as the only one seeking another term in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Nevada voters have elected a Democratic governor for the first time in two decades by picking Las Vegas-area county commissioner Steve Sisolak as the next resident of the governor's mansion. Sisolak defeated Republican state attorney general Adam Laxalt early Wednesday after a tight, high-stakes race that had the candidates spending more than $22 million combined in 2018 alone. The race featured President Donald Trump as friend and foe.

Democrats retained control of three of Nevada's four U.S. House seats Tuesday night, holding onto two key open seats left open by departing Democrats in the western battleground state. Like they did when they bucked the red wave that sent President Donald Trump to the White House two years ago, Democrats won all but the mostly rural 2nd District where Republican Rep. Mark Amodei was re-elected. Democrat Susie Lee beat Danny Tarkanian and former Rep. Democrat Steven Horsford beat Cresent Hardy.