Despite Trump’s endorsement in 2018, one of those candidates, former Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.), lost his reelection bid.
“Sheriff Joe Lombardo is a candidate for Governor of Nevada’s Great State. Joe joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1988 as a U.S. Army and Nevada National Guard veteran and has heroically served and defended the people of Nevada for the past 34 years,” Trump stated in his endorsement.
“As Governor, Joe would vigorously defend the Second Amendment, oppose Sanctuary Cities, support law enforcement, veto any liberal tax hike, protect life, and secure our elections.” Joe Lombardo is the leader Nevada requires, and he has my unequivocal support for Governor!” he added.
Trump not only endorsed Heller in 2018, but he also campaigned for him and others in the state. When Heller lost, Trump said it was because of his anti-Trump stance throughout the 2016 campaign.
“With Dean Heller, I tried for him, but my supporters didn’t believe him,” Trump had stated. “They wouldn’t go after him because Dean Heller was a vehement opponent.”
Still, Heller was expecting Trump’s support in his re-election campaign for governor, and he has refused to state whether or not Vice President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
Lombardo is also up against Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore (R), who has been a vocal supporter of Trump since the beginning of her campaign, displaying a “Trump 2024” sticker on a vehicle in her debut video.
With Democrats only narrowly winning statewide races in recent years, whoever emerges from the GOP primary will face Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D).
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Lombardo’s endorsement came just as Trump declared his support for Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind. ), a long-time buddy of the former president.