Republicans have set their sights on Nevada’s governorship with nine candidates in the race for the title, but only one, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, has managed to break records with his campaign fundraising.
Lombardo announced on Tuesday that he has raked in a massive $3.1 million in donations since the beginning of his race. It is an amount that absolutely shatters records for nonelection year fundraising by any candidate of either political party.
“I’m truly honored by the tremendous show of support my campaign has received so far,” Lombardo said in a statement to Fox News. “For far too long, [current Governor Democrat] Steve Sisolak and Nevada’s radical, single-party state rule have failed us, and I think these numbers clearly reflect that Nevadans are ready for something new.”
“To every Nevadan who is desperate for safer streets, better schools, and a stronger economy: Hold on, help is on the way,” he added. “My campaign is just getting started, and we’re on the way to deliver true leadership in 2022. Together, this will be the year we take back our state!”
Nevada’s primary will take place in June, with the winner going head-to-head with Sisolak.
Sisolak is considered one of the “most vulnerable” governors facing re-election according to an article by “The Hill,” and it would appear that the massive financial support for Lombardo’s campaign proves that to be true.
However, the race is far from over. Lombardo skipped out on the Republican debate in Reno last week, but his opponents did not according to Fox News:
Lombardo did not, however, appear at a Republican debate in Reno last week. Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, attorney Joey Gilbert, former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and venture capitalist Guy Nohra appeared. Air Force veteran Tom Heck, businessman Mickey Lufkin, doctor Fred Simon and real estate broker Barak Zilberberg also appeared.
In 2020, Biden won Nevada by less than three percentage points, which could indicate that the state still trends more red than blue, and could spell disaster for Democrats going into the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election
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