Recording Shows Candidate Fears Trump Will Taint Senate Race
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A recording from a private event last week reveals more about Republican Rep. Joe Heck's fears that Donald Trump will hurt him in his tight Nevada Senate race.
The recording of Heck obtained by CNN offers detail on why the three-term congressman revoked his Trump endorsement earlier this month.
Heck says he wanted to support the Republican nominee, but he said Trump cannot stay on message and can't win the race by appealing to a small subset of the Republican base.
He said he fears Trump could suppress Republican turnout and make it hard for him to win retiring Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's seat.
Heck's campaign says the recording shows Heck's public and private positions align.
Heck's public comments have focused more on how his un-endorsement decision was deeply personal.