LAS VEGAS (AP) — New campaign finance reports show Republican challenger Dan Rodimer outraised incumbent Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in early October and had more campaign funds to spend in the tight race as voting kicked off.
The final batch of campaign finance reports filed late Thursday shows that in the first two weeks of October, Rodimer raised more than double what Lee did. Their race for southern Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District is considered the closest among Nevada’s four U.S. House races. The swing seat has been held by a Democrat since 2016, but that same year, President Donald Trump picked up more votes there than Democrat Hillary Clinton did.
Rodimer previously outraised Lee in July through September, bringing in $1.4 million to her $1 million. Until this summer, she had consistently outraised the former professional wrestler.
Lee’s campaign did not immediately have a comment on the latest reports.
“Fueled by our nearly 30,000 grassroots donors, the momentum in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District is clearly with Big Dan Rodimer and his message to get our economy going, get our kids back in the classroom, and to restore integrity and public trust in this seat,” Rodimer’s campaign manager Ed Gonzalez said in a statement. “We are going to win this race because voters know it’s time to fire Susie Lee.”
The reports capture the first two weeks in October as ballots began being mailed to voters and early in-person voting prepared to commence.
Here’s a look at the latest fundraising numbers for Nevada’s four House races.
Nevada’s 1st District
Democratic Rep. Titus, who is expected to win re-election in her heavily Democratic Las Vegas district, reported raising $21,000 in early October and started the second half of the month with $389,000 on hand. Her Republican challenger Joyce Bentley has not yet filed any fundraising reports during the race.
Nevada’s 2nd District
In northern Nevada, Republican Rep. Mark Amodei raised about $83,000 in recent weeks and reported having $436,000 to spend as of Oct. 15. Overall, he’s reported raising just under 1 million for his reelection in the GOP-favored district and spent about $900,000.
The most recent fundraising report for his Democratic challenger, Patricia Ackerman, was not posted with the Federal Election Commission. Her campaign did not immediately respond to a request from the Associated Press seeking a copy of the report. At the end of September, she had reported that she raised about $357,000 thus far for her congressional bid and spent $255,000.
Nevada’s 3rd District
During the first two weeks of October, Rodimer raised $342,000. Lee reported raising less than half that, bringing in $148,000. She’s started the second half of October with $181,000 in her campaign account, after paying expenses that included paying down $362,000 in owed campaign debt.
Rodimer started mid-October with $458,000 in his account, but he still had $138,000 in unpaid debt.
Overall, Lee has raised $4.5 million and spent $4.3 million this cycle to win a second term in her district. Rodimer has so far raised $2.6 million and spent $2.1 million.
Nevada’s 4th District
Republican and former state lawmaker Jim Marchant outraised Steven Horsford during the first two weeks of October but he still has far less in the bank than the incumbent Democrat. Marchant reported raising about $179,000 and had about $166,000 on hand in mid-October. Horsford raised $135,000 during the same period but started Oct. 15 with more than $1 million available to his campaign. Overall Horsford has raised $3.2 million this cycle and spent $2.2 million. Marchant’s fundraising total for the election thus far is $1.4 million. He’s spent about $1.2 million.