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Nevada senator faces challenge in 2018 GOP primary

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Nevada Sen. Dean Heller will face a challenge in the 2018 GOP primary by a conservative who is aligning himself with President Donald Trump.

The bid by Danny Tarkanian, a 55-year-old Las Vegas businessman, makes good on conservatives' threats to challenge incumbents who they blame for hurting the years-long quest to dismantle the Obama-era health care law.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Tarkanian called himself a "conservative Republican who supports the policies of President Trump to repeal Obamacare and end illegal immigration."

Tarkanian most recently ran for the House in 2016, losing to Democrat Jacky Rosen by fewer than 4,000 votes. Rosen is running for the Senate seat held by Heller, who in his second term.

Danny Tarkanian released the following statement about his decision to run for Senate:

Over the past several weeks, I have been inundated with text, emails, and phone calls from people of all walks of life across the state of Nevada who are upset with Dean Heller for campaigning one way in Nevada and voting the exact opposite in Washington DC. The refrain is the same: he turned his back on us.
Today, after much thought and discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to run for the United States Senate. I am running for United States Senate because Nevada deserves a Senator who will keep his word and vote in Washington DC the same way he campaigns here in Nevada.
I am a conservative Republican who supports the policies of President Trump to repeal Obamacare and end illegal immigration. I will continue to support President Trump's policies that have led to a 20% increase in the stock market in just six months. I will join Senator Lee, Senator Cruz, and Senator Paul fighting for real reforms against the liberals in our party.
I look forward to campaigning across the state of Nevada and earning your support. It is time to take a stand. Together, we will make our state, and our country, proud.

To learn more about Mr. Tarkanian, click here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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