Democrat-controlled Nevada could be seeing red in midterm elections

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Campaign in Las Vegas, the Democratic Party in the first state Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada She collaborated with regular members of the powerful state culinary union, which represents casino, hotel and restaurant workers in Sin City and Reno.

“Great to join hundreds of @Culinary226 workers at MandalayBay this morning. I will always support them,” the senator wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Cortez Masto will need all the support she can get from the politically powerful culinary union as she faces a very difficult re-election against Republican candidate Adam Laxalt, the former state attorney general – who succeeded Cortez Masto as the state’s top attorney general – who is the grandson of former senator and governor Paul Laxalt.

The Nevada Senate race is one of the few races across the country in mid-November elections He may determine whether the Republican Party will win a majority of the chamber. According to the average of the latest critical wartime Western state polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, Laxalt maintains a slight lead of 1.7 points over Cortez Masto with three weeks left until Election Day. Senate Republicans view Cortez Masto as the most vulnerable Democratic candidate seeking another term.

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Adam Laxalt, a former attorney general, is campaigning to represent Nevada in the US Senate.
(Adam Laxalt campaign)

But it’s not just about the Senate race.

First-term Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak follows somewhat Republican candidate for governor And Clark County Mayor Joe Lombardo averaged the latest polls. Democratic Representatives Dina Titus in Nevada’s 1st congressional district and Susie Lee in the 3rd district are fighting for their political careers, and current Democratic candidate Stephen Horsford in the 4th district faces a tough re-election.

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Democrats currently control seats in the US Senate, three of the four seats in the US House of Representatives, the governor’s office and both houses of the state legislature. But in the face of historic headwinds — the party that wins the White House traditionally suffers major setbacks in subsequent midterm elections — and a harsh political climate fueled by Standard inflationRising crime and a border crisis, exacerbated by President Biden’s soaring approval ratings but still underwater, Democrats are playing the defensive in Nevada, as Republicans aim to paint the silver state red in November.

“You look at the issues we have here. The price of gas. The price of food. Crime is a big issue here,” said Nevada Republican President Michael MacDonald. “You look at the choice of school. The education is too big.”

MacDonald noted that every time voters “go to the gas pump to fill up their car, they feel it. Every time they have to buy groceries for the family, they feel it. These are all sensible policies right now.”

Republican candidate for Nevada governor, Joe Lombardo, joins former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally on October 8, 2022, in Minden, Nevada.

Republican candidate for Nevada governor, Joe Lombardo, joins former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally on October 8, 2022, in Minden, Nevada.
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Veteran Democratic activist and communicator, Chris Muir, and former political aide to late Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada, also pointed to the economy.

“No state economy is hurt more than Nevada when the national economy is suffering,” Muir said. “Nevada is usually slower to recover from an economic downturn. Gas prices are higher in Nevada than in many other parts of the country.”

Elections are often fanatics in Nevada. Cortez Masto won the Senate seat by just two points in 2016, Sisolak beat Laxalt by four points in the 2018 gubernatorial election, and Biden beat President Donald Trump by two points to lead the state in 2020.

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But with Democrats in control of the state government and the federal delegation, Muir said there is a misconception that the state is blue. “Nevada is a purple state. Democrats have had success over the past several elections, so if you just look at the surface, it looks like a much more solid blue state than it really is,” Muir stressed.

Cortez Masto made history in 2018 as the first Latino elected to the United States Senate. But Republicans in Nevada and in other major states are making gains with Spanish-speaking voters in 2020.

MacDonald argued that Latino voters are more “GOP biased” because of their “religious, family, and economic values”.

But Cortez Masto’s campaign highlights that they have been reaching out to Latino voters through television ads in English and Spanish since March. Democrats say Cortez Masto’s campaign is doing the hard work needed to court Latino voters.

And the Culinary Union, which represents a dense immigrant workforce of about 60,000, “is very engaged and able to knock on doors in a way they couldn’t two years ago. And that will be key to the success of Democrats and down the ballot.”

“Cooking enthusiasts have knocked on over 500,000 doors statewide on their way to knocking on more than half of Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of AAA voters. The main thing working-class voters are talking about,” Ted PapaGeorge, who chairs the Culinary Union, said on Twitter. to the working class electorate.

The state’s coordinated campaign by Democrats signaled the exit voting process.

“Nevada Democrats are starting our outreach efforts earlier than ever to reach voters across the state and make sure they know Democrats are fighting up and down at the polls and serving hard-working families. NDV builds on this early momentum to mobilize and take out every voter in this crucial midterm election,” Mallory Payne, Nevada Democratic Party Communications Director, told Fox News.

But MacDonald told Fox News that because of tough economic times, “a lot of people are crossing. A lot of freelancers are coming our way. We’ve seen it in the field.”

It is the first since the death last December of Reed, who built a strong political organization in his state during his decades in the Senate and eight years as majority leader in the Senate. With Reid gone, many people are questioning whether his political process will still carry the same punch.

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“I know a lot of people think in this angle,” Muir admitted. But he noted that “Reed’s assistants are still in their places. They are still qualifying well. He’s gone through some changes but he’s still in place.”

But with Reid gone and Democrats facing historical and political headwinds, his mechanism faces major hurdles as in-person voting begins early in Nevada on Saturday.

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