Democrats in Besieged Nevada Speak Out on Enemies in Midterm Election | Nevada News


By SAM METZ, AP / Report for America

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – Politicians in Nevada are loading their campaign coffers with millions in contributions towards next year’s midterm election, setting the stage for an expensive election year with publicity bombardments in the television, radio, social media and mailboxes.

The races to represent the Western Swing State in Washington, DC are expected to be hotly contested, including the race for the US Senate and two of the state’s four US House seats.

US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has raised $ 3.1 million in campaign contributions over the past three months, giving her $ 8.3 million in cash. His transport gives him more funds for the 2021 home stretch than all but three of the battlefield state candidates – Senators Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, Marco Rubio, R-Florida and Mark Kelly, D- Arizona.

Cortez Masto, who won 2.4 percentage points in 2016, is set to face a tough re-election campaign next year, but she has convincingly outperformed Republicans in hopes of toppling her and giving the GOP a majority in the chamber equally divided. She spent $ 1.4 million from July through September on expenses such as consulting, mailing ads, and polls.

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Former Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who entered the race mid-quarter, raised $ 1.4 million, while Army veteran Sam Brown raised $ 1 million from July through September. Laxalt spent $ 151,000 on campaign consultants, travel and advertising, ending the quarter with $ 1.3 million in cash. Brown spent $ 368,000, including tens of thousands on mailing ads. He ended the quarter with $ 656,000.

All four incumbents running for re-election to the US House of Representatives outperformed their competitors in contributions during the quarter. But the boundaries defining their districts could potentially change when state lawmakers redesign the districts later this year.

In Nevada’s blue-leaning 1st Congressional District, which encompasses the Las Vegas Strip, fifth-term Democrat Dina Titus declared $ 196,000 in campaign contributions and ended the quarter with $ 605,000 in cash. She has raised almost double the amount progressive challenger Amy Vilela has raised since July.

Vilela, whose 2018 4th Congressional District primary candidacy was featured in the Netflix documentary “Knock Down the House,” raised $ 103,000 in contributions and spent $ 111,000 over the three-month period. The two are set to face off in the Nevada primary in June 2022.

In Nevada’s 2nd Red Congress District, incumbent Republican Mark Amodei is the only candidate to declare campaign contributions. After being re-elected to the Northern Nevada seat by 15.8 percentage points in 2020, Amodei raised $ 119,000 in contributions and spent $ 65,000 in the quarter, ending in September with $ 368,000 in cash.

Amodei said he was considering a run for Nevada governor and told The Associated Press he plans to make a final decision by the end of October.

Federal law prohibits candidates from transferring money collected during campaigns for state office to federal campaigns. But Nevada does not prohibit the transfer of federal funds to state campaign accounts.

Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from the California border in Henderson and Boulder City to the Arizona border, has rebounded between Democrats and Republicans over the past decade. Outgoing Democrat Susie Lee was re-elected by three percentage points in 2020 and raised $ 623,000 from July through September. Lee spent $ 166,000 and ended the quarter with $ 1.4 million in his campaign coffers.

Republican lawyer April Becker raised $ 245,000 throughout the quarter. Becker, who ran for the State Senate in 2020, spent $ 218,000 over the three-month period and started October with $ 286,000 in cash.

Becker has outperformed Lee’s other Republican challengers, including Mark Robertson and John Kovacs. Robertson raised $ 82,000 in the quarter and Kovacs raised $ 9,000 but loaned $ 112,000 to his campaign, most of which went to advertising and campaign consultants.

In Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, which stretches from north Las Vegas to rural White Pine County, third-term Democrat Steven Horsford raised $ 409,000 from July through September. Horsford won the seat in 2012, lost it in 2014, then regained it in 2018. After gaining 4.9 percentage points in 2020, Horsford is set to face veteran Sam Peters and former campaign member. Trump Carolina Serrano in next year’s election.

Peters, who ran and lost in the 2020 Republican primary, raised $ 113,000 and spent $ 97,000. Serrano raised $ 31,000 and spent $ 39,000. Horsford ends the home stretch of 2021 with $ 1.5 million in cash, considerably more than either of his challengers, who have less than $ 100,000 in their campaign coffers.

Metz is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative body. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to cover undercover issues.

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