Just two days ahead of the GOP caucus in Nevada, Sen. Dean Heller announced his endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for the 2016 Republican nomination.
Rubio just barely edged Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the second place spot in the South Carolina primary Saturday, trailing front-runner Donald Trump by 10 percentage points coming in at 32.5 percent and 22.5 percent respectively and Cruz receiving 22.3 percent.
“Marco Rubio is the next generation
of conservative leadership in this country. I’ve become convinced that he’s the candidate capable of uniting conservatives, growing our party, and beating the Democrats in November,” Heller said in a Facebook post Sunday. “He understands what it takes to get our economy back on track and he understands how to keep us safe. And Marco understands Nevada, he grew up here. I am proud to offer my full support and look forward to campaigning with him in Nevada today.”
The endorsement comes in the wake of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush dropping out
of the race Saturday, whom Heller had endorsed last summer.
The latest CNN/ORC poll
shows the Florida senator trailing Trump by a significant margin – with the real estate mogul polling at 45 percent, Rubio at 19 percent followed by Cruz at 17 percent.
The GOP caucus will take place Tuesday.
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