Former President Donald Trump's influence in Republican primaries could be cemented in Nevada as two of his favored candidates hold substantial leads in the polls.
Both Adam Laxalt and Joe Lombardo, running for Senate and the governor’s seat, respectively, have double-digit leads in polling among likely voters, setting the stage for what is expected to be a tough battleground state with several competitive races in November.
Laxalt, who has the backing of Trump and much of the Republican Party, garnered just over 50% of support among likely voters, with Republican challenger Sam Brown trailing at 27%, according to a poll from The Hill and Emerson College released Wednesday. Roughly 15% of voters are undecided.
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The Republican nominee is set to face incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who holds what is considered to be a vulnerable Democratic seat in the Senate.
Lombardo also holds a double-digit lead in the GOP gubernatorial primary, earning 33% support from likely voters compared to opponent Joey Gilbert at 14% and former Sen. Dean Heller at 11%, according to the poll. A quarter of voters remain undecided.
If Trump’s endorsement success in Ohio and Indiana is an indication of how well the two candidates will fare in their respective races, Laxalt and Lombardo are in good hands. All 22 of the former president’s chosen candidates won their primary races on Tuesday after he threw his support behind almost every House GOP incumbent and a handful of candidates running for open seats. Notably, Trump did not offer an endorsement in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
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The Nevada primary is set to take place on June 14 and is expected to be one of the tightest battleground states in November. The Hill / Emerson College poll surveyed 1,000 likely Republican voters between Thursday and Monday and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.