Trump Endorses Retired Army Captain in Crucial Senate Race

Sam Brown gets the former president’s nod in the Nevada contest against incumbent Democrat Jacky Rosen.

Former President Donald Trump made an endorsement in what could be a close U.S. Senate race in Nevada, backing retired U.S. Army Captain Sam Brown to take on the state’s incumbent senator.

In a Truth Social post on June 9, former President Trump wrote that Mr. Brown is a “fearless American patriot, a Purple Heart Recipient, who has proven he has the ‘PURE GRIT’ and COURAGE” to back his agenda.

“As your next Senator, Sam will fight tirelessly to secure our Border, end Migrant Crime, stop Inflation, grow our Economy, STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR GREAT MILITARY/VETS, protect our always under siege Second Amendment, and restore peace through strength,” he wrote.

“Sam Brown has my Complete and Total Endorsement … he will never let you down,” former President Trump wrote in another post.

Mr. Brown beat out his top GOP competitor in Nevada, former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeff Gunter, for the former president’s endorsement. Mr. Brown is now the favorite to win the Republican primary in the Silver State, with 11 other Republicans vying for the nomination.

Mr. Brown also has been endorsed by Republican Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo, a former sheriff of Clark County.

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The Nevada primary election takes place on Tuesday, June 11. The winner of the primary will take on incumbent Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in the November 2024 election.

The former president also praised Mr. Brown’s wife, Amy, a U.S. Army first lieutenant, saying, “I know in this next chapter of their Life of Service together, they will continue to make us all proud.”

Making note of a severe injury Mr. Brown sustained during fighting in Afghanistan, former President Trump said the Senate hopeful has “already proven his Love for our Country, being horrifically wounded, and making the Comeback of a Lifetime.”

Mr. Brown has made his military service central to his message this campaign cycle and during a prior unsuccessful Senate bid. He often told the story of the roadside bomb in Afghanistan that significantly scarred his face and nearly killed him, as well as the leadership lessons he learned while in the Army.

Responding to the former president’s endorsement, Mr. Brown wrote on social media that he is “honored” to have his backing. “I look forward to working with you to bring a better future to every Nevadan and American when we both win in November,” he wrote.

Sen. Rosen Responds

Following the endorsement, Ms. Rosen criticized Mr. Brown’s stance on issues including abortion, health care, and Social Security.

“We’re going to defeat MAGA extremism in November,” she wrote on social media platform X.

Republicans and some independent analysts view the Nevada race as a GOP pickup opportunity that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in the forthcoming Congress.

Democrats hold a 51–49 majority but face a challenging 2024 election map. They must defend incumbents not only in conservative states—Montana, Ohio, and West Virginia—but also in multiple swing states, including Nevada.

However, ahead of the 2022 midterms, widespread speculation suggested Republicans would win the Senate and carve out a large majority in the House; neither of which materialized.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada’s other senator, was flagged during that election as a possible seat that Republicans could flip, but she headed off former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt in a tight race.

In April, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report declared Nevada’s Senate race to be a “toss up,” although it came before former President Trump’s endorsement of Mr. Brown and also before the former president was convicted in Manhattan of falsifying business records.

“We now believe it is time for another Democrat to join the Toss Up ranks: Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen,” Cook wrote in April.

“The Nevada shift may be a bit surprising. After all, it’s the only one of the swing states Democrats carried in both 2016 and 2020 at the presidential level, and Republicans haven’t won a statewide federal race here since 2012.”

The former president, meanwhile, appeared alongside Mr. Brown in a Nevada rally on June 9, promising to end taxes on tips in what appears to be an attempt to target certain service workers.

“So this is the first time I’ve said this, and for those hotel workers and people that get tips you’re going to be very happy because when I get to office, we are going to not charge taxes on tips people [are] making,” President Trump said, pledging that it would be one of the “first thing[s]” he does in office if reelected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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