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Sen. Dean Heller will face a challenge in the Nevada Republican primary race next year by a conservative who is aligning himself with President Trump.

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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Paula Povilaitis, center, holds a sign that reads ''No Dean in 2018'' during a protest outside the office of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., in Reno, Nev. News that Heller will face a primary challenge next year came as a surprise to many of the more than 50 mostly Democrats protesting outside his Reno office where they rally weekly against the Trump administration and Heller's changing position on health care. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

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FILE--In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, a protest sign is shown outside the office of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., in Reno, Nev. News that Heller will face a primary challenge next year came as a surprise to many of the more than 50 mostly Democrats protesting outside his Reno office where they rally weekly against the Trump administration and Heller's changing position on health care. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, file

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In this April 17, 2017, file photo, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., answers a question during a town hall at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. (Andy Barron /The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, announced Friday that he would vote no on his party leadership's health care bill unless changes are made. He said his state could not absorb Medicaid cuts in the plan. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., listens to a question from a woman standing in the foreground critical of his support for President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, during a Carson City Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Carson City, Nev. About 200 protesters clamored outside a casino Wednesday in Nevada's capital where two Republican members of the state's congressional delegation are scheduled to speak with business leaders. Muffled jeers could be heard as Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei spoke about the congressional session at the luncheon. (AP Photos/Scott Sonner)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said "in the environment we have here today, we wouldn't be able to pass retroactive unemployment extension. We're doing the best we can." (associated Press)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said "in the environment we have here today, we wouldn't be able to pass retroactive unemployment extension. We're doing the best we can." (associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said he will continue to "work on a path forward" on legislation to extend unemployment benefits, said a spokesperson. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said he will continue to "work on a path forward" on legislation to extend unemployment benefits, said a spokesperson. (Associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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There were some exceptions, particularly in the Senate, where the newly minted legislative team of Sens. Dean Heller (left) and Jack Reed hooked up. The Nevada Republican and Rhode Island Democrat made waves over the last two months by partnering to try to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, with Mr. Heller bucking many in his own party to work with Democrats.

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There were some exceptions, particularly in the Senate, where the newly minted legislative team of Sens. Dean Heller (left) and Jack Reed hooked up. The Nevada Republican and Rhode Island Democrat made waves over the last two months by partnering to try to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, with Mr. Heller bucking many in his own party to work with Democrats.

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., second from left, accompanied by fellow Senate Republicans, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, where they discussed their concerns about the political fight over legislation to restore benefits to long-term jobless workers. From left are, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Heller, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)