Nevada US Senate battle ends with Heller the victor

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Updated: 11/07/2012 1:32 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a long night counting ballots, Las Vegas Congresswoman Berkley conceded in her challenge of Republican Sen. Dean Heller early Wednesday.

In a statement issued after 1:30 a.m., Heller called it "a hard fought campaign."

Berkley recalled for supporters in a Las Vegas Strip casino ballroom that her grandparents arrived as immigrants in the U.S. with no money, no skills and unable to speak English. But they dreamed their children and their children's children would have a better life.

Nevadans also re-elected Republican U.S. Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei, returned Democrat Dina Titus to Congress after a two-year hiatus, and sent the state's first black Senate majority leader, Steven Horsford, to Washington to fill a new House district that stretches across the middle of the state.

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FULL SEN. DEAN HELLER STATEMENT: “I am so grateful to our team of volunteers who knocked on doors, made phone calls and dedicated so many long, hard hours to achieve victory tonight. This was a hard fought campaign, and I would also like to thank Congresswoman Berkley for her service to our state and to our country.

“Throughout this campaign, I have been focused on creating a bigger, brighter future for our children and grandchildren. For their sake, we need to put a stop to out of control spending in Washington. Washington must stop rewarding bad decisions with bailouts, and we must pass policies that encourage entrepreneurship and allow the middle class to thrive. I look forward to returning to the Senate and acting on these priorities immediately to create a better future for future generations.”
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