Heavy-hitters, cash flow to Nevada in fight to replace Reid

The Associated Press

FILE – In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., speaks during a roundtable event in Henderson, Nev. The contest to replace Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is the tightest Senate race in the country, and it’s become a money magnet as allies and enemies seek to flip it. Top Democrats including Hillary Clinton herself and Vice President Joe Biden are stumping for Catherine Cortez Masto this week, while her opponent Heck made headlines as another elected Republican to dump Trump over the weekend. (AP Photo/David Becker, File) The Associated Press

By MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the tightest Senate races in the country is drawing political heavy-hitters and floods of campaign cash to Nevada as both parties try to snag the seat being vacated by Democrat Harry Reid.

It’s considered the only seat Republicans can realistically flip to their side in a year they’re playing defense. With control of the Senate at stake, Reid’s allies and enemies are pouring cash into the contest, with more than $42 million spent on TV ads so far.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general, has been a slight underdog in polls. U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, her Republican opponent, almost always leads.

Heck has joined the avalanche of Republicans rescinding their endorsements of Donald Trump after a 2005 recording revealed Trump’s use of predatory language about women.

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