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Heller to host mega-fundraiser in Las Vegas during Democratic convention

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 17:47:21-04

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller really wants the Senate to remain in GOP hands.

Heller, I've learned, is hosting a luncheon fundraiser at Red Rock Casino Resort on Tuesday for five -- count 'em -- of his colleagues in difficult races.

They are: New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte, Wisconsin's Ron Johnson, Illinois' Mark Kirk, Ohio's Rob Portman and Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey. The event's proceeds will go to the 2016 Senate Majority Committee, a joint fundraising PAC for the quintet.

The Fertittas, who own Red Rock, are longtime Republican supporters.

My guess is the event raises a lot of money -- I think Heller has phone numbers for Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson. Some believe that if the Democrats take the Senate, Heller will be less inclined to run for re-election in 2018 and may consider returning to Nevada to seek the office he has long coveted: governor.