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 McConnellTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours 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 HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary 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 ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE took office last January, with Heller's approval rating falling as low as 22 percent.