In bid to win over Nevada's service industry workers, Trump at Vegas rally vows tax-free tips

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee did not endorse a Republican candidate ahead to Nevada's Tuesday primary

Published: June 9, 2024 11:16am

Updated: June 9, 2024 7:34pm

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump told a rally Sunday in Las Vegas that he would work to make tips tax-free, an apparent appeal to workers in the city's huge service industry.

The temperature at the event in the city's Sunset Park was at about 100 degrees at noon when he took the stage.

The Trump campaign, in anticipation of the heat, supplied the rally with free bottled water, tents with air conditioning and shade, misting and cooling stations and additional medical staff. 

In his hour-long speech, Trump did not endorse a GOP candidate in the state's Senate race, the outcome of which will be key in whether Democrats or Republicans control the upper chamber after the November elections.

He praised GOP candidate Sam Brown, calling him a “good man,” but declined to offer a full-throated endorsement ahead of Tuesday’s primary. 

Brown is running in the Republican contest to take on incumbent Democrat Sen. Jacky Rosen this fall. 

Democrat Hillary Clinton won the swing state of Nevada in 2016, and President Joe Biden won it in 2020. Trump hopes to win Nevada this November, and his chances appear strong, considering he leads Biden by 5 percentage points on average in the state, according to FiveThirtyEight.

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