Nevada congressman backs Rubio
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Rep. Mark AmodeiMark AmodeiVulnerable GOP senator faces rancorous town hall Vulnerable GOP senator: 'No problems' with Planned Parenthood funding GOP revival of healthcare repeal makes little progress MORE (R-Nev.) is backing Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms MORE (R-Fla.) for president, the campaign announced on Sunday.

The endorsement comes ahead of Tuesday’s Nevada caucuses for the GOP.

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Amodei, who became the second Nevada lawmaker to back Rubio on Sunday, cited the Florida senator’s conservative record and Nevadan roots. 

“Marco Rubio is a principled, consistent conservative who can bring people together to get things done,” he said in a statement. “Having grown up here in Nevada, Marco understands firsthand the issues we face as a state including our significant disagreements with the federal government over public lands.

“Marco will be a tremendous friend to Nevada and we have a unique opportunity in helping elect him to the White House,” he added. “I am confident that Marco Rubio can unite our party and our country.”

Amodei represents Nevada’s 2nd district, which includes Carson City and Reno.

Rubio picked up the support of Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerEx-Nevada state treasurer may challenge Heller in 2018 Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Obama-linked group launches ads targeting Republicans on immigration MORE (R-Nev.) earlier in the day.