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LAS VEGAS – A Nevada Senate candidate said Adam Laxalt, the leading Republican candidate in Tuesday’s primary election, “took voters for granted.”
Retired Army captain and Purple Heart recipient Sam Brown trailed Laxalt in the polls by nearly 20 points before Election Day, according to the Real Clear Politics average. However, Brown narrowed the gap considerably in the final weeks of the campaign.
“Adam Laxalt, who I am running against in this primary, has taken voters for granted and simply expects people to vote for him based on his previous service as Attorney General and the fact that he has big name endorsements,” Brown told Fox News.
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Laxalt communications director John Bruke told Fox News: “As Sam Brown unloaded a u-haul after his latest campaign loss in Texas, Adam Laxalt has built a grassroots movement that represents all 17 counties. No campaign on the entire ticket has been in front of more voters and engaged more Nevadans than ours.”
“We’re ready to lead this party to victory in November,” Burke added.
Former President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have backed Laxalt, the former Nevada attorney general. But Brown won the Nevada Republican Party’s endorsement in April.
“Today it’s all about participation,” Brown told Fox News.
“Polls … are notoriously wrong here,” he added. “But our internal polls, which we’ve been tracking for some time, show this thing is going to go all the way.”
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The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Nevada, seen as a battleground, could play a pivotal role in Republican efforts to take control of the Senate.
Brown, who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, said he would stand for conservative principles in Washington, DC, but would also advocate for Nevada.
“We have unique challenges here, between the amount of land the federal government owns and the water crisis and the drought,” Brown said. “Our economy is suffering about as much as any other state in the country.”
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“We have real issues where we need a champion in DC, and that’s what I’ll be,” he continued.
Polls close in Nevada at 10 p.m. EST.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comments from the Laxalt campaign.
Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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