EXCLUSIVE – Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is bursting out of the gate when it comes to fundraising for his Republican bid to try and unseat Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in the 2022 midterm elections.
Laxalt hauled more than $1.4 million in the six weeks from his mid-August Senate campaign launch through the end of September, which marked the close of the third quarter of fundraising, according to figures shared first with Fox News on Tuesday. Laxalt’s campaign also reported receiving contributions from all 50 states, and showcased that they had over $1. 25 million in cash on hand as of the start of October.
“Folks across Nevada are extremely dissatisfied with the current direction Masto and her cronies in Washington are taking us and they’re ready for a change,” Laxalt said in a statement. Our campaign began with an amazing surge of momentum, which continues to grow each time Masto side with Bernie Sanders or Chuck Schumer. “
Laxalt, who completed a 2,500-mile, 17-country swing around Nevada in the weeks after his campaign launch, has been endorsed by a bunch of top Republicans, including former President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as numerous Nevada GOP leaders.
Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt speaks at his sixth annual Basque Fry, on Saturday August 14, 2021 in Gardnerville, Nevada
Republicans need a net gain of just one seat in next year’s midterms to recapture the Senate majority they lost when they were swept in January’s twin Senate runoff elections. The GOP’s playing plenty of defense – they’re defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022, including defending five open seats, with two of them in the key battlegrounds of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. They also expect strong pickups in swing states like Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire.
The latest Silver State polls indicate that there will be a tight contest for the Cortez Masto/Laxalt general elections next year.
But beating Cortez Masto in the key western battleground state won’t be easy. At the start of July, the senator who was chairing the Senate Democrats’ election arm had $6.6 million in her campaign funds. She has yet to release her third quarter July-September fundraising numbers.
Cortez Masto, a former two-term Nevada attorney general, defeated Republican Joe Heck by two and a half points in the 2016 race to succeed retiring longtime Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. As the first Latina to be elected to the Senate, she made history.
But as first reported by Fox News last week, retired Army officer and Afghanistan War veteran Sam Brown, raised over $1 million from his campaign launch in mid-July through the end of September, an impressive haul for a first time candidate.
Business owner Sharelle Mendenhall and Bill Hockstedler, a health care executive and Air Force veteran, are also running for the Republican Senate nomination.