Nevada Assemblyman Follows Up on Comments About Voters

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Republican minority leader in the Nevada Assembly is apologizing for remarks that set off a political firestorm and brought condemnation from other top Republicans in the state.

Assemblyman Pat Hickey of Reno issued a statement late Thursday, saying he regrets his remarks made Tuesday to a conservative radio talk show host. In that interview, Hickey said next year's election will benefit the GOP because young voters and minorities will stay home.

Hickey says it wasn't his intent to alienate anyone and he offered an apology.

Democrats were swift to pounce on Hickey's comments, saying they show Republicans are focused on suppressing voter participation.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and other top state Republicans condemned the remarks Thursday and distanced themselves from Hickey.