Reports show incumbent Nevada Democrats with large cash lead


Wade Vandervort

Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV 3rd District) is interviewed by the press during a roundtable discussion held to highlight the importance of protecting southern Nevada senior citizens from fraud and abuse at the Henderson Multigenerational Center on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Wed, Oct 16, 2019 (4:16 p.m.)

New campaign fundraising reports show Republicans are gearing up to try to win back two congressional seats in Nevada, but they've got a long way to go to match the money that incumbent Democrats have amassed.

Federal election fundraising reports filed by Tuesday night's deadline show Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in Nevada's 3rd District has more than $1 million in her campaign account, a year out from her re-election.

That's more than double her two biggest Republican challengers combined.

Democrat Steven Horsford in Nevada's 4th District started October with about three-quarters of a million on hand.

There are at least seven Republicans vying to take him on in 2020 but none of them were able to raise or bank half of Horsford's third-quarter haul.

Here's a look at the latest fundraising reports for candidates and incumbents in Nevada's four U.S. House seats:


Nevada's 1st District:

Democrat Dina Titus, who has held this seat 2012, reported raising about $99,000 over the past few months and had $308,000 in her campaign account to start October.

Titus represents the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding neighborhoods. The district is considered safe for Democrats and Titus is not expected to face any significant re-election challenger next year. No one has filed to run against her.


Nevada's 2nd District:

Republican Rep. Mark Amodei, who represents what's considered a safe Republican district encompassing Reno and other parts of northern Nevada, reported raising about $92,000 in the third quarter.

He had $247,000 cash on hand in his campaign account, though it's unlikely that he'll have to dip too far into it to win his seat next year.

Amodei last year easily defeated tea party favorite Sharron Angle in a primary contest and former Obama administration official Clint Koble in the general election.

Koble, who is trying again to unset Amodei, reported only $23,000 in campaign contributions and had just over $400 in his campaign account at the start of October.


Nevada's 3rd District

Democrat Susie Lee, who won election to Nevada's 3rd District last year, raised $490,000 over the past three months and had $1.08 million on hand.

Her district, representing much of suburban Las Vegas, is one of two swing districts in the state. Democrats and Republicans hold roughly the same percentage of registered voters in the district, though Lee was able to win by 9 percentage points last year.

The two most well-known Republicans to step forward and challenge her are former Nevada state treasurer Dan Schwartz and former professional wrestler Dan Rodimer.

Rodimer reported raising about $251,000, though that included $65,000 he loaned his campaign and $2,400 he donated. Rodimer reported starting October with about $213,000 in his account.

Schwartz reported raising $264,000, though more than half of that — $179,000 — was money he loaned his campaign. He ended the quarter with about $198,000 on hand.


Nevada's 4th District

Democrat Steven Horsford, who represents a swing district that stretches from north of Las Vegas through four rural counties, raised about $300,000 in recent months and has $754,000 on hand. Horsford held the seat from 2013 to 2015, lost it to a Republican before winning it back last year. There are at least seven Republicans lining up to challenge him so far.

Business owner and former Miss Nevada Lisa Song Sutton reported raising about $128,000, including $20,000 she gave, and had about $99,000 on hand.

Business owner Sam Peters raised about $112,000, but more than half of that was money Peters loaned his campaign. Peters reported having about $136,000 on hand. Former Nevada Assemblyman Jim Marchant reported raising $58,000 and had $92,000 in his account.

Former congressional staffer Charles Navarro reported raising $80,000, though $75,000 of that was a loan from the candidate.

Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo raised $45,000, business owner Randi Reed raised about $48,000 and nurse Catherine Prato raised about $30,000.

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