Nevada congressman backs Rubio
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Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiInterior agency delayed tribal casino approval after competitor’s lobbying: report DACA advocates see efforts gaining steam in the House Overnight Finance: House passes .2T funding package for 2018 | FTC launches Equifax probe | Mnuchin defends honeymoon jet request | MORE (R-Nev.) is backing Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' 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 Arthur HellerThe siren of Baton Rouge Big Republican missteps needed for Democrats to win in November What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (R-Nev.) earlier in the day.