Trump says Heller won lone Nevada Senate debate: 'He beat her very badly'

Trump says Heller won lone Nevada Senate debate: 'He beat her very badly'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE praised Republican Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerElection Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman MORE (Nev.) at a rally in Nevada Saturday, saying that he "beat [his opponent] very badly" in their debate Friday.

The president and Heller previously had a contentious relationship when Trump ran for president. But the two have reconciled and Trump praised Heller's work with him.

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"Once he and I got on the same page, and now we are always on the same page, he has been as smart and tough and strong as anyone in Washington," he told the crowd.

After Heller's presentation, Trump weighed in on Friday night's Senate debate.

"I may be a little bit partial, he really beat her very badly."

Heller credited Trump for allowing his debate against Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenElection Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker MORE (D) to happen.

"The only reason I had that debate is because you embarrassed my opponent into having it," he said.

Heller was referring to clashes that he and Rosen's camps have been having over debate scheduling and location.

It remains unclear if another debate will be held.

A RealClearPolitics polling index gives Heller less than a 2-point lead in the state, which has been a top target for Democrats.