EXCLUSIVE – Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is breaking in when it comes to fundraising for his Republican attempt to try to topple Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in the 2022 midterm election.
Laxalt carried over $ 1.4 million in the six weeks following the launch of his Senate campaign from mid-August to the end of September, which marked the close of the third quarter of fundraising, according to figures first shared with Fox News on Tuesday. Laxalt’s campaign also reported receiving contributions from all 50 states and showed they had more than $ 1.25 million in cash as of early October.
“People across Nevada are extremely unhappy with the current direction Masto and his buddies are taking in Washington and they are ready for a change,” Laxalt said in a statement. “Our campaign has started with incredible momentum that continues to grow with each time Masto sides with Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer against voters in this state.”
LAXALT APPLIES FOR SENATE IN NEVADA, A KEY BATTLEFIELD 2022
Laxalt, who traveled 2,500 miles and 17 countries around Nevada in the weeks following the launch of his campaign, was supported by a group of prominent Republicans, including former President Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, as well as many Nevada GOP leaders.
Republicans need a net gain of just one seat in the middle of next year to regain the Senate majority they lost when they were swept aside in the second round of the January Senate elections. The GOP plays a lot on defense – they are defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022, including five open seats, including two on the main battlefields of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But they’re also seeing strong pickup potentials in the swing states of Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
The latest polls in the Silver State point to tight competition in a possible general election showdown for Cortez Masto-Laxalt next year.
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But defeating Cortez Masto in the key state of the Western battlefield won’t be easy. The senator, who chaired the latest Senate Democrats re-election round, had $ 6.6 million in her campaign coffers in early July. The senator has yet to announce her fundraising figures for the third quarter of July-September.
Cortez Masto, a former two-term Nevada attorney general, beat Republican Joe Heck by two and a half points in the 2016 race to succeed longtime Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid. She made history as the first Latina elected to the Senate.
Laxalt, an Iraq war veteran and grandson of the late Nevada Governor and Senator Paul Laxalt, is considered the front-runner in the GOP nomination contest.
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But as first reported by Fox News last week, retired Army officer and Afghanistan war veteran Sam Brown raised more than $ 1 million when he launched his campaign from mid-July to the end of September, an impressive sum for a first candidate.
Company owner Sharelle Mendenhall and health care executive and Air Force veteran Bill Hockstedler are also running for the Republican nomination for the Senate.