In Nevada, a potential Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights could upend a Senate battle

Republicans and Democrats alike see the Nevada Senate race this year as pivotal to controlling the upper chamber – but a looming Supreme Court decision on abortion rights could upend the election and, Democrats hope, keep the seat blue.

Outrage over a potential loss of a constitutional right to an abortion could be particularly galvanizing for more liberal voters in Nevada, Democrats say, because the state has a long history of supporting reproductive rights already.

But conservative groups are gearing up as well, saying that a national spotlight on abortion could help them retake that Senate spot from the incumbent, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. Recent Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal polling shows Cortez Masto trailing both of her prospective GOP challengers.

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