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Top GOP Donor Urges Donald Trump To Walk Back Nevada Endorsement

Businessman Don Ahern, a Donald Trump ally, speaks at a 2020 rally in Henderson, Nevada. Ahern has urged Trump to reconsider his pick for Senate in the battleground state. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) A major GOP donor from Nevada is urging former President Donald Trump to switch his endorsement in the state’s Republican Senate primary, underscoring the break between Trump and state-level Republicans in some 2022 battlegrounds.

Don Ahern, a tycoon in the rental equipment sector, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he hopes Trump will end up backing Army veteran Sam Brown over former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the presumed front-runner and D.C. establishment favorite.

“I love Donald Trump and I believe once he understands the strength of Sam Brown and the weakness of Adam Laxalt, I would hope that he would change his support there,” Ahern, a prominent Trump supporter and GOP donor, told the paper last week.

Ahern has emerged as a top Nevada GOP player following businessman Sheldon Adelson’s death earlier this year and sexual misconduct allegations leveled against casino mogul Steve Wynn , who has kept a low profile since stepping down from his company in 2018.

His remarks show how an endorsement from Trump, whose post-presidency kingmaker status in GOP contests is still unsettled, isn’t guaranteed to clear a primary field or even deter other Trump-aligned GOP challengers.

That’s especially true in Nevada, a battleground that’s appearing more favorable to Republicans and where the party believes it has a decent shot at ousting Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto for control of the upper chamber in next year’s elections. Republicans need just one seat to take back the majority.

Along with New Hampshire — where Gov. Chris Sununu is a possible recruit on the GOP side to challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan — Nevada is a top target for Republicans in the midterms, along with states like Arizona and Georgia that Biden wrested from Trump in 2020.

Trump has endorsed candidates in Pennsylvania and Georgia, and like Laxalt in Nevada, his picks are early front-runners. But each comes with baggage that some Republicans fear might doom their prospects for retaking the Senate: Army veteran Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania and former NFL star Herschel Walker in Georgia both face domestic abuse allegations .

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