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Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Danny Tarkanian now running for Congress, not Senate, at President Trump's urging

Danny Tarkanian now running for Congress, not Senate, at President Trump's urging

Tarkanian on Friday told the Reno Gazette Journal that President Donald Trump last week requested he jump out of what was expected to be a hard-fought GOP primary race with Heller and instead pursue the U.S. House seat left open by U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.

Late Wednesday, the president and members of his political team reached out to me and asked me to consider supporting the America First agenda as a Congressional candidate by running again in [Nevada's 3rd Congressional District], where I almost won in 2016 in what was one of the most expensive and closest congressional races in America. Dean Heller from the moment he announced his Senate bid, but Trump's Friday morning tweet changed the dynamics of two Nevada races.

Danny Tarkanian speaks during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June, 18, 2016: JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images.

The president said in his tweet that "it would be great for the Republican Party of Nevada and it's (sic) unity if good guy Danny Tarkanian would run for Congress".

Tarkanian also told the Independent that he informed Mr. Trump's staff that he would only switch to the House race if the president publicly made it known he didn't want him in the Senate race, which he did with the tweet.

Odd that the President would join with what some believe to be the DC swamp to rescue establishment Dean Heller.

Tarkanian also ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2012, for the Senate in 2010, and for Nevada secretary of state in 2006. One could argue that the Presidents move is an attempt to have a better shot at keeping the majority in the US Senate.

The possibility that, because now unopposed, Dean Heller will win reelection and Danny Tarkanian will lose again is real.

He said Trump and his political team reached out to him on Wednesday and "asked me to consider supporting the America First agenda as a congressional candidate" in the third district.

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