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Battle for the Senate: Nevada

October 11th, 2012

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Moderates aren’t sold on either candidate seeking Nevada’s Senate seat in November. They disapprove of Senator Dean Heller’s job performance by 8 points (37% approve to 45% disapprove), and they have an unfavorable view of Representative Shelley Berkley (45% favorable to 47% unfavorable).

Heller and Berkley square-off in Las Vegas for their second debate and while scoring points with their respective bases might be tempting, to win in November, Heller and Berkley need the support of Nevada’s largest ideological bloc of voters: moderates. Third Way predicts that if Heller garners 40% of the moderate vote, he’ll win in November. But if Berkley earns the support of 61% of Nevada’s moderate voters, then she’ll be Nevada’s next Senator.

In May Third Way released a report highlighting the importance of moderates in the 2012 Senate Battlegrounds races. Throughout October, we will assess how well the candidates are doing in appealing to this crucial group in the middle. Below, we take a look at Nevada and the Senate race between Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) and Sen. Dean Heller (R).

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