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EXCLUSIVE: First-time Senate candidate and Army veteran Sam Brown highlights his recovery from serious injuries he suffered during the war in Afghanistan and stresses that America ‘needs healing now’ in his first statewide publicity blitz in his bid for the GOP nomination in the crucial swing state of Nevada.
“I was not born into power. I come from small town America where duty and service still matter,” Brown said in her new ad, which was shared nationally for the first time. with Fox News on Monday.
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Brown is seen hiking in the mountains just outside of Reno, Nevada, at the location, and it includes a photo of a very young Brown with his father, who served more than three decades in the military and is deployed to Afghanistan in 2003.
Young Brown is a retired Army captain and Purple Heart recipient who was seriously injured by an IED explosion during a 2008 deployment to Afghanistan, which left his face severely burned.
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“After West Point, I served in Afghanistan, where a Taliban bomb nearly killed me. After 30 surgeries, years of recovery, it turns out I’m hard to kill,” he says in his announcement. “I built a family, a small business, a grassroots movement. This is America that needs healing now. Career politicians can’t fix Washington. They broke it. I’m Sam Brown and I endorse this message. It’s time for new conservative leadership for the people.”
Brown’s campaign tells Fox News they are spending six figures to run the Nevada statewide trade until the state’s primary on June 14. Brown raised eyebrows as he hauled just over $1 million in the third and fourth quarters of fundraising last year.
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Brown is running for the GOP Senate nomination in a crowded field that also includes former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, an Iraq War veteran and grandson of late Nevada Governor and Senator Paul Laxalt, who has a lot of name recognition and is the leading frontrunner in both polls and fundraising.
The winner will try to unseat Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in November’s midterm elections. Republicans view Cortez Masto as vulnerable.
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Republicans need a single-seat net gain in November to regain the Senate majority they lost when they were swept in Georgia’s January 2021 Senate election runoff. The GOP is playing big in defense – he is defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022, including five open seats, including two in the main battlegrounds of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But they also see strong pickup potential in Nevada, as well as three other swing states – Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire.