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Victory his, President-elect Trump remembers those who fled

Following President-elect Donald Trump's leaked audio comments on Access Hollywood, Joe heck announced to crowds of Republican supporters that he would not support Trump for president. 10/8/16 (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

Call it a Presidential-elect portion of “I told you so.” Donald Trump is hitting back at Republicans who hit him during the campaign.

Remember this?

“Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Whatever you want. Grab ‘em by the p****. You can do anything,” Donald Trump told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush in a 2005 video that surfaced in October, rocking the race for the White House.

It caused Republicans a Trump Tower-sized case of heartburn. Many dumped the nominee in droves, fearing for their own elections.

“Therefore I cannot in good conscience continue to support Donald Trump or vote for Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Joe Heck said on Oct. 8, the day after the video surfaced.

The President-elect remembers. In an interview with the New York Times Tuesday, Trump said GOP candidates who fled paid the price, singling out two who lost – New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, and Nevada’s Joe Heck.

About Heck, the paper quotes Trump saying, "He endorsed me, and then unendorsed me, and he went down like a lead balloon. And then they called me before the race and said they wanted me to endorse him and do a big thing, and I said, No thank you. Good luck."

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"You know, let's see what happened. I said, off the record, I hope you lose. He was. He was up by ten points. You know who I'm talking about," said Trump.

Heck was caught in an election vise between swing voters he needed, and a nominee who caused headaches. What's a Senate candidate to do? News 3 asked talk radio's Heidi Harris, who holds court mornings on KXNT.

“So if Joe Heck had said that, something along those lines that, I don't like everything you said, I don't agree with everything he wants to do, but I don't want Hillary Clinton in the White House, so I’m going to continue to support the nominee, maybe if he'd put it that way, it would have been better,” Harris told us.

We know what happened. The Democrat, Catherine Cortez Masto, beat him by 26,000 votes.

“I voted for Heck, but I wish he would have stood by him,” said Debi Moore, part of my informal focus group hastily convened in the parking lot of Henderson’s Paseo Verde Library.

Her husband, John, agreed Heck should have stuck with the nominee.

"That cost him, I think. I think it cost him the election.”

The sentiment here: enough already with politics. The election is over.

Aurelia Brown voted for Trump.

“I mean we have a president. Everybody has agreed this is our president, so let's just drop it and move on,” Brown said.

Trump did not get Nancy Clark’s vote. “I’m praying for him. I’m hoping he makes good decisions. And I hope he keeps his personality in check,” she said.



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