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Nevada Dems unveil 2018 campaign mascot: ‘Mitch McTurtle’

Greg Nash

Nevada Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their 2018 campaign mascot: a turtle holding a bag of money, meant to mock Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (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 Heller (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 Clinton by 2.4 percentage points.

In August, a Public Policy Polling survey found that Heller’s support in the state has cratered since President Trump took office last January, with Heller’s approval rating falling as low as 22 percent.

Tags 2018 midterm elections Dean Heller Dean Heller Democratic Party Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Mitch McConnell Mitch McConnell Nevada Republican Party Senate

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