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Trump Shakes Up Nevada Senate Race, Giving GOP Rare Good News

Republicans got a rare bit of good news Friday in a congressional election year where Democrats show increasing momentum: The most vulnerable GOP senator on the November ballot, Dean Heller of Nevada, will no longer face the prospect of a divisive June primary.

Republican Danny Tarkanian, a perennial and unsuccessful candidate for Nevada elective office, said he’s dropping his bid to challenge Heller after President Donald Trump urged him to seek a House seat instead. Tarkanian was seen as a potential threat to Heller, and also to the GOP, because he’s seen as a weaker opponent for Democratic U.S. Representative Jacky Rosen, who is running for the Senate seat.