LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump won't be on the ballot in November, but he is shaping up to be at the center of two important campaigns in Nevada as Democrats hope to reclaim the governor's mansion for the first time in 20 years and Republicans work to keep a U.S. Senate seat.
With primary races settled in the battleground state Tuesday, Democrats are betting an anti-Trump backlash will carry them to victory in November and are portraying GOP nominees as boosters of Trump, not Nevada. Hillary Clinton won Nevada in 2016.
But Nevada Republicans contend that predictions of a "blue wave" are overblown and enthusiasm among their base is strong.
They cast GOP candidates as a guard against California-style liberalism and the potential impeachment of the president.
The races are high stakes battles for both parties.