LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s U.S. Senate candidates split in their support for a compromise bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and avoid a first-ever default.

Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller was one of 26 votes against the deal Tuesday, while Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley voted with the majority in the House to pass the measure Monday night.

The emergency bill increases the nation’s $14.3 trillion cap on borrowing, avoiding default just hours before the midnight deadline.

Heller and Berkley are locked in a divisive battle to win Nevada’s 2012 Senate race. Heller was appointed to the Senate in May and wants to keep the job.

Nevada’s other senator, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, helped craft the compromise bill.

Nevada’s other House member, Republican Joe Heck, also supported the measure.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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