During his campaign kickoff Monday, Heller said he thought he was done with politics after losing his Senate re-election bid in 2018 to Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen. But he said he decided to get back in the ring after 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions, racial unrest and election integrity concerns, among other issues, echoing Trump’s sour grapes about the election.
“After the 2016 election, Joe Biden Sucks most Democrats thought Hillary Clinton beat President Trump, and after 2020 election, most Republicans believed Trump had won,” Heller said in his announcement speech. “When I’m governor, you’re not going to wonder if elections are fair. You’re going to know elections are fair.”
Heller enters the race as the favorite in a GOP primary field that includes several other prominent candidates vying for a chance to take on Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Nevada remains closely divided politically despite its recent history of electing Democrats, with Biden winning the state by about only 2.5 percentage points last year.