Published Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 | 12:06 p.m.
Updated Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 | 12:21 p.m.
Jeb Bush has some powerful friends in Nevada.
After winning the endorsement of Sen. Dean Heller, the GOP presidential candidate has signed up GOP Rep. Mark Amodei and former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki as campaign advisors.
The announcement follows Bush’s trip to Nevada on Wednesday and highlights the depth of his campaign in the state. Bush is one of 17 candidates in the running for the GOP primary nomination and has quickly shored up other support in the state.
He’s made at least four trips to Nevada this year and has hired established political consultants in the state to help run his campaign.
Scott Walker and Marco Rubio also have hired well-known campaign teams, picked statewide advisers and traveled to Nevada to rally support.
The candidates’ early roundup of the state’s elite Republicans underscores the importance of Nevada to presidential candidates in the 2016 election cycle.
There are few states considered toss ups in presidential elections. Nevada is one of seven swing states likely to decide who takes the Oval Office. Nevada voters have picked the president in every presidential election since 1976 and have done so 31 out of 38 times in the state’s history.