- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Republican Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers says he’s dropping his long-shot bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Harry Reid.

Beers told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he joined the race more than a year ago to give Reid a challenger. But he said he’s been considering dropping out since late March, when Reid announced he would retire instead of seeking a sixth term.

Beers isn’t endorsing another Republican, but said he’s supporting his party in choosing a candidate who’s better financed and has higher name recognition than he does. Beers said he will seek re-election to the council in 2017.

Democratic former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is running, and Republican Rep. Joe Heck said he’s seriously considering entering the race.

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