(John Gizzi, Newsmax) By ditching previous support for Donald Trump following reports of uncouth language he used 11 years ago, Nevada’s GOP Rep. Joe Heck is headed for defeat in the lone Senate race in which a Republican could pick up a Democratic seat.
Prior to his abandonment of Trump in October, Heck was shown in virtually all polls to be leading Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Harry Reid.
“I’m afraid Masto wins after Heck ill-advisedly withdrew his support of Trump,” former Nevada GOP National Committeeman Joe Brown told Newsmax on Tuesday.
“ I would have said Heck before he ‘unendorsed’ Trump,” Chuck Muth, president of the Las Vegas conservative grass-roots advocacy group Citizen Outreach, told me. “Now I think it’s a toss-up. “
Both Brown and Muth agreed that freshman Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy was likely to be defeated by Democratic State Sen. Ruben Kihuen for also “disendorsing” Trump. As Muth put it, “I’ll be surprised if he survives and wins re-election.”
But both also agreed that Las Vegas lawyer Danny Tarkanian, who never abandoned Trump, was in a strong position to keep Heck’s seat in Republican hands and that Rep. Mark Amodei was a cinch for re-election. Amodei is Trump’s state chairman.