Polling conducted in early May shows that Representative Joe Heck (R-NV) is favored amongst likely Nevada voters for the state’s open Senate seat.
The poll, conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, shows Heck leading former NV Attorney General and DSCC endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto 49 percent to 41 percent. When Heck is matched against Rep. Dina Titus, who is also considering a run, he leads 45 percent to 44 percent.
In Congress, Joe Heck has proven himself to be a leader on clean energy and the environment, and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions was proud to support his 2014 reelection (learn more). Highlights of the Congressman’s record include:
– Authored the Hoover Power Allocation Act, making more hydroelectric power available from the Hoover dam to the people of Nevada;
– Introduced the Public Lands Renewable Energy Act, which streamlines the process to allow for accelerated development of renewable energy projects on federal lands and waters;
– Voted in favor of The American Taxpayer Relief Act, which included the extension of the renewable electricity production tax credit.
In addition to Heck, Republican Governor Brian Sandoval has also been mentioned as a potential Senate candidate in 2016. Sandoval successfully brought Tesla Motors new 500-acre “Gigafactory” to Nevada. The $5 billion lithium ion battery plant will support the production of its electric cars and bring an estimated 9,500 jobs to the state.
Nevada has also become a prime market for solar power companies like SolarCity, which quadrupled its projected hiring of panel installers in the state. The leadership displayed by both Heck and Sandoval on diverse, clean energy solutions has helped make Nevada No. 1 in green job creation among the 50 states.
While no GOP candidate has announced, CRES is encouraged that two pro-clean energy Republicans are considering the race. Their records and experience will foster meaningful debate on clean energy and climate solutions that will benefit Nevada and the rest of the country.
The poll included interviews with 502 with likely voters between May 11-13. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Read more at Politico