Trump in Nevada to campaign for senator

Darlene Superville
President Donald Trump is in Nevada to address the GOP convention and campaign for the midterms

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Nevada to help Senator Dean Heller raise money in a critical race that will help determine control of the Senate.

Heller is the only Republican senator seeking re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Trump exited Air Force One on Saturday pumping his fist and Heller was there to greet him.

Trump is in Las Vegas to headline a fundraiser for Heller. He's also delivering the keynote address at the Nevada GOP convention and holding a separate event to promote tax cuts he signed into law six months ago.

At least 300 people protesting Trump and the separation of families at the US-Mexico border were stretched along a footpath in Las Vegas outside a casino where the president is scheduled to speak.

Heller's race is one of the most consequential Senate races of the year as Republicans seek to expand their slim 51-49 majority in November's elections.

Trump recently has picked up the pace of his political travel. He campaigned in Minnesota earlier this week, and he plans stops next week in South Carolina and North Dakota.