Democrat Jacky Rosen beat her Republican opponent Dean Heller in the Nevada Senate race — a swing state with a history of sending moderates to Washington.

The race was a key target for Democrats in their uphill battle to take control of the Senate. Heller, a first-term senator and former congressman who has spent three decades in politics, was widely viewed as the GOP's most vulnerable incumbent in the chamber.

won the state in 2016

Rosen, the former president of one of the largest synagogues in Nevada, was recruited to run for office by former

The state saw enormous turnout — double the number of early voters got to the polls this year than did in the 2014 midterm elections, which also dwarfed the total voters in 2014. Three days before Election Day, 40 percent of the state's registered voters had already cast their ballots, compared to just 25.4 percent in 2014. And Democrats turned out in bigger numbers than Republicans.