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3 Candidates For Nevada Governor Pledge To Protect Medicaid

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three of the four leading candidates for Nevada governor pledged to protect the state's expanded Medicaid program if elected in November.

Republican state Treasurer Dan Schwartz as well as Democrats Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak spoke to about 400 people representing churches, nonprofits and schools who make up a group called Nevadans for the Common Good.

Organizers said Attorney General Adam Laxalt declined the group's invitation to appear because he had a scheduling conflict.

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Members of Nevadans for the Common Good urged the candidates to ensure residents have reliable transportation, affordable housing and access to affordable health care, particularly by guarding Nevada's Medicaid expansion.

The candidates hoping to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval must first make it through a June 12 primary.