- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The latest on the election for Nevada’s U.S. House seat in the 2nd Congressional District (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Nevada Republican Rep. Mark Amodei admits he was disappointed in Donald Trump’s performance in the first presidential debate.

Amodei is serving as the state chairman of Trump’s campaign in Nevada after originally endorsing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then throwing his support behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Amodei told KKOH-Radio in Reno on Thursday it didn’t appear to him that Trump had done a lot of preparation for last week’s debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

He says Trump should be ashamed of that because he only gets three debates to prove he should be president.

But Amodei says former President George W. Bush proved in 2000 that “you don’t have to be a great debater to be the president.” And he says GOP nominee Mitt Romney proved in 2012 “you can win the first debate and not win the election.”

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4 p.m.

Republican Rep. Mark Amodei says he eventually came around to supporting presidential nominee Donald Trump because he wants to seize control of the White House from the Democrats.

His challenger, Chip Evans, wants change too, but he’s talking about Amodei’s seat in northern Nevada’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District where no Democrat has ever won.

Evans said during a pre-taped debate that aired on KRNV-TV in Reno Thursday that “Congress is broken” and Amodei is “part of the problem.” He says congressional Republicans are beholden to major corporations and the “super wealthy.” He says he wants to represent workers, women and minorities.

Amodei agreed Congress has an “awful reputation.” He says he’s horrified by the partisanship in Washington, but hasn’t been part of that. He says he’s the district’s first congressman to host round tables for veterans and Latino business leaders.

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