Nevada Dems unveil 2018 campaign mascot: 'Mitch McTurtle'

Nevada Dems unveil 2018 campaign mascot: 'Mitch McTurtle'
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Nevada Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their 2018 campaign mascot: a turtle holding a bag of money, meant to mock Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined T coronavirus deal COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (R-Ky.).

Dems plan to use the turtle mascot at campaign events to tie local Republican candidates to the Senate Republican leader.

State party chairman William McCurdy unveiled the costume at a campaign event Tuesday afternoon.

The mascot was apparently well received by local Democratic activists, some of whom tweeted their own pictures with "Mitch McTurtle."

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".@Mitch_McTurtle welcome @ClarkDems look forward to campaigning with you to elect a Democratic US Senator who isn’t beholden to money bags Mitch and who will work and fight for Nevadans," tweeted one local activist who was present for the announcement.

An August 2017 poll found that McConnell had the lowest favorability of any elected official with a national profile.

Nevada is host to many high-profile 2018 campaign fights.

Democrats are seeking to oust Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), who is already facing a primary challenge from the right from perennial Nevada candidate and businessman Danny Tarkanian, 56.

Heller, 57, is considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans in what is shaping up to be a bruising midterm for the GOP. Nevada swung blue in 2016 and was won by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden MORE by 2.4 percentage points.

In August, a Public Policy Polling survey found that Heller's support in the state has cratered since President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE took office last January, with Heller's approval rating falling as low as 22 percent.