Nevada congressman backs Rubio
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Rep. Mark AmodeiMark AmodeiTrump’s EPA budget cuts hit strong opposition at House panel Healthcare vote puts Heller in a bind Liberal group funds 0K in attack ads after healthcare vote MORE (R-Nev.) is backing Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioCapitol Police arrest 40 during healthcare protests New Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Senators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan 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 HellerMedicaid becomes big threat to GOP’s healthcare revival Koch-backed group launches new ads on tax reform Overnight Healthcare: GOP infighting erupts over bill | How Republican governors could bring down ObamaCare repeal | Schumer asks Trump to meet with Dems MORE (R-Nev.) earlier in the day.