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Las Vegas Tragedy Puts Campaigns on Hold

Two Nevada governor campaigns were scheduled to kick off just miles from the mass shooting.

Police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip outside the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a deadly shooting near the casino, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
AP Photo/John Locher
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Kyle Trygstad
Oct. 2, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

Politics briefly took a backseat Monday morning in the wake of the country’s deadliest mass shooting ever—the fourth time that record has been broken in the past 10 years.

Two campaigns for Nevada governor were scheduled to kick off Monday just a few miles from where at least 50 died and more than 400 were injured in the Sunday evening massacre on the Las Vegas strip. Both Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Democratic Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani canceled their respective events.

Across the country, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam canceled a slate of events Monday with former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot at a constituent event in 2011, that would have highlighted his support for gun violence prevention policies. And the NRA, which is backing Republican Ed Gillespie, delayed its TV buy.

Meanwhile, just hours before shots were fired, CBS’s 60 Minutes featured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s remarkable recovery from a gunshot wound. His triumphant return to the chamber last week provided a rare bipartisan standing ovation, but that’s unlikely to sustain as a gun rights bill comes up this week in the House.

Kyle Trygstad

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