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Obama heads to the West aiming to boost Democrats' prospects

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is heading to Nevada - looking to give a boost to Hillary Clinton and help Democrats retake control of the Senate.

Some of the president's recent trips have also focused on competitive presidential states with close Senate races, too.

The Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid, is retiring after serving out a fifth term, and Obama is trying to keep it in party hands.

He'll speak at a rally for Clinton and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto at a Las Vegas-area high school. Her Senate opponent is Joe Heck, a congressman.

Obama has been trying to tie GOP candidates to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at every opportunity.

Heck says he can't support Trump, but Democrats say that's just a political calculation.

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