Nevada Sen. Heller thanks Trump for support

Danny Tarkanian drops out of U.S. Senate race to run for another seat

President Trump nudged GOP challenger Danny Tarkanian out of Nevada's Senate race on Friday, convincing him to drop his primary bid against incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and instead run for the House after getting a public shove from President Trump on Friday to do so, boosting Heller's chances of reelection in the Democratic-leaning state.

"I am confident I would have won the U.S. Senate race and done a great job representing the people of Nevada in the Senate, but the President is adamant that a unified Republican ticket in Nevada is the best direction for the America First movement", he said.

Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian speaks on Wednesday, Aug.17, 2016, at the Henderson Convention Center in Henderson where Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a town hall meeting.

Republican Danny Tarkanian, a perennial and unsuccessful candidate for Nevada elective office, said he's dropping his bid to challenge Heller after President Donald Trump urged him to seek a House seat instead.

Shortly before Tarkanian's official announcement, Trump tweeted his approval of the plan. Republicans also lost a special election for a Senate seat in Alabama in December, with Democrat Doug Jones prevailing and narrowing the GOP majority in the chamber to 51-49.

President Donald Trump is advocating for Nevada Sen.

Trump won the district by around one point in 2016.

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported Tarkanian's change of heart.

"He said the president would like to see me step out of the Senate race, run in a congressional race", Tarkanian said.

Heller is expected to face Rep. Jacky Rosen, a freshman congresswoman who has the backing of Nevada's Democratic establishment.

Heller's race is rated a "toss-up" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

But Tarkanian, who has unsuccessfully run for a number of state legislature and congressional seats, is considered more conservative than Heller.

Heller said in a statement that he appreciated Trump's apparent endorsement: "We've accomplished a lot in the a year ago including cutting taxes for hardworking Nevadans and making sure that Nevada's 300,000 veterans can access the health care and benefits that they need and deserve". Heller has criticized the president in the past, but more recently became an ally.

It appears Trump is suggesting Tarkanian should run for a seat in the House of Representatives.



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