LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo in the race to become the Republican nominee for governor.

The former president made the announcement through this Save America PAC.

“As the elected sheriff of Clark County, Joe has fought some of the worst criminals and defended neighborhoods and communities from the horrific violence enabled by the Radical Left across our great country,” Trump wrote. “As governor, Joe will fiercely protect our under-siege Second Amendment, oppose sanctuary cities, support our Law Enforcement, veto any liberal tax increase, protect life and secure our elections. Joe Lombardo is the leader Nevada needs, and he has my complete and total endorsement for governor!”

Lombardo has served two terms heading the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He has said is running as a conservative, pro-life candidate and supporter of the Second Amendment who vows to veto any new taxes.

Other leading candidates for the Republican primary in June include former Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and attorney Joey Gilbert.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in November.

“It’s clear Joe Lombardo’s campaign is hitting the panic button,” a spokesperson for Sisolak’s campaign said in a statement. “After getting attacks from all sides on the airwaves, called out for hiding, ripped for having it both ways on immigration, and hours after a brutal editorial from the conservative Review-Journal on his lack of transparency and record of wasting taxpayer money, it’s no surprise Lombardo is reaching out for a lifeline.”

Trump lost the 2020 election in Nevada by more than 30,000 votes.