Trump-Backed Sam Brown Wins Nevada GOP Senate Primary

Republican senatorial candidate Sam Brown is congratulated by supporters at his primary election night party, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes)

U.S. Army veteran Sam Brown on Tuesday clinched the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Nevada, beating a crowded field of 12 opponents just days after securing the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

The Associated Press called the race for Brown at 8:11 p.m. Eastern, a little more than an hour after the polls closed. With 58% of the ballots counted, Brown led with nearly 57% of the vote.

He will go on to face Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in the general election in what is one of three toss-up Senate races that could determine party control of the chamber.

Brown’s victory came on the heels of earning Trump’s seal of approval after months of courting the presumptive GOP presidential nominee for his support. Trump made his endorsement official over the weekend in a post on Truth Social following a Las Vegas rally.

Trump praised Brown as “a good man” at the event, which Brown attended, but did not offer his “Complete and Total Endorsement” until hours later on his social media site.

“Sam Brown is a FEARLESS AMERICAN PATRIOT, a Purple Heart Recipient, who has proven he has the ‘PURE GRIT’ and COURAGE to take on our Enemies, both Foreign and Domestic,” Trump posted. “Sam is now running for U.S. Senate in the Great State of Nevada, primarily because he knows that Crooked Joe Biden and the Radical Left are A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. Our Country can no longer stand with this Corrupt and Incompetent ‘President’ calling the shots.”

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