Adam Laxalt, the former Nevada Attorney General who is currently running to unseat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), appears to be in a strong position heading into the midterm elections.
Fox News reports that Laxalt, the Trump-endorsed candidate in the race, managed to bring in $1.6 million during the most recent quarter.
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This is the largest fundraising score yet for Laxalt. Previously, in the third quarter of 2021, he brought in $1.4 million, and in the fourth quarter he brought in $1.35 million.
This puts him at a significant advantage over his Republican competitors, who have not managed to bring in this kind of money. It does not, however, put him at a fundraising advantage over Cortez Masto.
Cortez Masto has brought in a record $4.4 million during the past three months. And, in the last quarter of 2021, she brought in $3.3 million. In terms of fundraising, she is easily outperforming Laxalt and other GOP candidates.
What are his chances?
Laxalt, first off, has to achieve victory over his fellow Republican candidates. The fundraising numbers suggest that he is on the right track to do so. Polling would suggest the same.
Laxalt, who is an Iraq War veteran and the grandson of Paul Laxalt, the late Nevada governor and senator, has the support of not only former President Donald Trump, but also several top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), and others.
Whether all of this will be enough to beat Cortez Masto is unclear. By most accounts, it appears that the Cortez Masto – Laxalt matchup would be a toss-up. In some polls, Laxalt does hold a very slight advantage, but it is likely too small to be of any significance.
Laxalt is part of the Republican effort to take back Congress later this year in the midterm elections.
Republicans need to net five seats in the House and one seat in the Senate to retake Congress. They are expected to do so in the House, but the Senate is a closer call.
Nevada is one state where Republicans have a very good chance to pick up a Senate seat.
Others include Arizona, Georgia, and New Hampshire.