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Progressive Groups Celebrate Gains in NV, Vow to Fight Trump's Policies

Ruben Kihuen will become Nevada's first Latino Congressman, part of a Democratic wave in Nevada this election. (Wikimedia Commons)
Ruben Kihuen will become Nevada's first Latino Congressman, part of a Democratic wave in Nevada this election. (Wikimedia Commons)
November 10, 2016

RENO, Nev. — Progressive advocates are speaking out about the election results, saying the strength of Democratic candidates in the Silver State provides something of a silver lining after the historic loss by Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump.

Both the Nevada State Assembly and Senate flipped to Democratic control, with Republicans losing ten seats in the Assembly. Republican Congressman Joe Heck lost his bid for the Senate to former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who now becomes the first Latina in the U.S. Senate.

Nathaniel Phillipps, a field director with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said the state's new direction stands in stark contrast to the national Trump victory.

"The very community that Donald Trump spent his campaign vilifying really showed their strength,” Phillipps said. "We made history by electing the first Latina senator, who's going to do everything in her power to work against his hatred and his awful policies."

Nevadans also elected the state's first Latino Congressman, Ruben Kihuen, who formerly served in the state Assembly and state Senate, and who started out as an aide to retiring Senator Harry Reid.

The campaign is over, Philipps said, but the fight against Trump is just beginning.

"This is a movement that we're building,” he said. "It's not just a campaign for us, it's not just an election. We're going to fight back against his dangerous policies."

Phillipps said his group plans to be a thorn in the side of the Trump administration, especially on issues of immigration, minimum wage, health care, equal pay for equal work and paid family leave.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV