GOP challenger Rodimer outraised Democrat Lee in 3rd quarter

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Former professional wrestler Dan Rodimer, Republican candidate for Nevada’s 3th Congressional District, speaks before a rally with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Boulder City Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

Fri, Oct 16, 2020 (1:05 p.m.)

Nevada Republican Dan Rodimer outraised incumbent Democratic congresswoman Susie Lee in recent months, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Rodimer, a former professional wrestler who has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and appeared at recent rallies for the president and Vice President Mike Pence, had lagged behind Lee's fundraising earlier this year. But new reports show he powered past her in July through September, bringing in about $400,000 more than Lee.

Their contest is expected to be the most closely watched and competitive of Nevada's four House races this year.

The fundraising reports filed Thursday are the last quarterly reports that the candidates are scheduled to file before the Nov. 3 election. The candidates are expected to file one more round of reports next week looking at their fundraising and spending for the first two weeks of October.

Here's a look at the fundraising numbers from the third quarter of 2020 for Nevada's four U.S. House races:

Nevada's 1st District

Democrat Dina Titus raised about $122,000 over the past several months and started October with about $395,000 in her campaign account. Her Republican challenger, Joyce Bentley, has not filed any fundraising reports for her campaign.

Titus is favored to win her Democrat-heavy district, which includes the Las Vegas Strip. Bentley unsuccessfully challenged Titus in 2018, with the congresswoman winning two of every three votes.

Nevada's 2nd District

Republican Mark Amodei reported raising $298,000 in the third quarter of 2020 and started the final stretch of his campaign with $396,000 in his account.

Democrat Patricia Ackerman reported raising $238,000, nearly five times more than what she brought in during the previous quarter. She started October with about $101,000 in her campaign account.

Amodei has represented Reno and northern Nevada since 2011 and is expected to win re-election in November with a GOP advantage among voters in his district.

Nevada's 3rd District

Democrat Susie Lee reported more than $1 million in campaign contributions over the quarter and entered the final weeks of the campaign with $924,000 cash on-hand. Lee also reported $362,000 in outstanding debt owed by her campaign.

Republican Dan Rodimer raised $1.4 million and started October with $719,000 on-hand. He also reported $147,000 in debt.

Lee won her seat in the swing congressional district 2018 but President Donald Trump won more votes there in 2016 than Hillary Clinton. With the presidential race on the ballot this year driving up voter turnout, the race between Lee and Rodimer is expected to be close.

Nevada's 4th District

Democrat Steven Horsford reported raising $693,000 over the past three months and entered the final weeks of the election with $1.6 million on-hand to spend. His campaign also had about $1,900 in debt.

Republican Jim Marchant reported a $493,000 haul over the same time period and begins the final stretch of election season with $228,000 in his campaign coffers and $70,000 in debt.

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