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Nevada governor’s race: Sisolak leads Laxalt in fundraising

October 18, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Steve Sisolak raised about $1 million more in recent months than his Republican opponent Adam Laxalt in their tight race for Nevada governor, according to new campaign finance reports.

The reports released this week show Laxalt raised $2.9 million from early June through mid-October and Sisolak raised $4.2 million.

Laxalt’s donations included $10,000 from the Republican Governor’s Association, $40,000 from Boyd Gaming casinos and $200,000 from companies associated with Bill Foley, the owner of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.

Sisolak’s campaign finance report shows $200,000 in donations from 20 different companies affiliated with MGM Resorts, $5,000 from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, backed by former President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and a combined $25,000 from longtime U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, his political action committee, and his son Key Reid.

Overall this year, Laxalt reported raising $5.2 million, while Sisolak brought in $6 million.

Sisolak, the chairman of the Clark County Commission, is trying to become the state’s first Democratic governor in two decades. He’s a familiar face in the Las Vegas area, but he isn’t as well known as Laxalt in northern Nevada.

Laxalt, who has already won a statewide campaign with his 2014 attorney general race, is the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt.

He’s got strong support among Republicans, but he’s failed to win the backing the state’s outgoing GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval.

In the attorney general’s race, Republican Wes Duncan raised about $1.05 million since early June, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journa l. His Democratic opponent, state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, raised $960,000.

In other statewide races, Democratic challengers outraised their Republican opponents in recent months.

Democrat Kate Marshall raised $368,000 in the lieutenant governor’s race, while Republican Michael Roberson raised $302,000. In the secretary of state’s race, Democrat Nelson Araujo brought in more than twice as much as incumbent Republican Barbara Cegavske, who raised about $157,000.

In the state treasurer race, Democrat Zach Conine raised $195,000 while Republican Bob Beers raised $31,000.

Campaign finance reports show that proponents and opponents of the Question 3 ballot measure, which would break up electric utility NV Energy’s monopoly and create a competitive market, have raised $100 million this year as they work to pass or defeat the initiative.

The group opposing Question 3, backed largely by NV Energy, raised $50 million since June. Supporters of the ballot question, a group called Nevadans for Affordable, Clean Energy Choices, raised $13.5 million in recent months. All of that came from billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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