LAS VEGAS – Adam Luxelt won the Republican nomination for a key Nevada Senate seat on Tuesday, challenging a political newcomer to defeat incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in a race in November. Set up a fierce competition that could bring about a change of government in the US Senate. .
Luxelt is a former Nevada attorney general who had the backing of former President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment. But challenger Sam Brown won support from the lower echelons of the party, forcing Luxlist to bring in Trump’s world figures to support the late-stage spending and the closure of the primary.
“Together we have taken an important step tonight,” Luxelt said at an election night party in Reno, Nevada. “An important step in taking our country back, an important step in taking our great state of Nevada.”
Now that his nomination has been secured, Luxelt turned to the general election campaign against Cartes Masto, which is expected to be a great opportunity for the Republican Party to win 50-50 seats in the Senate this fall. ۔
Nevada is one of several states where elections were held on Tuesday, almost in the midst of an early season that could reshape American politics. The races gave Trump a chance to regain momentum after a high-profile stumble last month in his bid to dominate the GOP before another presidential race. In Georgia, for example, the Trump-backed candidate for governor lost by a margin of 50 points.
In addition to Luxlitt’s victory, Trump helped raise a state legislator in South Carolina to remove Tom Rice, a five-term incumbent who backed the former president’s second impeachment last year. But in another South Carolina House race, incumbent Republican Nancy Mess won her primary despite Trump hiring someone to try to remove her.
Speaking to reporters after the results came out, Mess tried to reach a consensus: “Promise to work with everyone who is willing to work with me, full stop.”
For his part, Trump posted a statement on his social media platform saying that Arrington was a “long shot” who ran a “tremendous race”. He congratulated Mess, who he said should easily overpower Democrats in the fall.
Still, Tuesday’s focus was on Nevada, where the GOP will face the winner of the Senate, Democrat Cortez Masto, in what could be the best chance for the GOP to regain control of the Senate.
Luxelt is best known for his four years as the Attorney General of Nevada in the state and for his failed campaign for governor in 2018. He is also the grandson of former US Senator Paul Luxelt.
And perhaps most importantly, in GOP circles, he has ties to Trump. Luxelt worked on Trump’s re-election campaign and spread his lies about electoral fraud in the state after the 2020 election. Trump, in turn, hosted Luxalt at a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, and appeared in a campaign advertisement for Luxalt.
But the party’s anti-establishment base was behind Brown, who was badly burned by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan and revealed his personal story in his foreign crusade.
“I was not born in power,” Brown announced in a recent campaign ad, explaining how he almost died in Afghanistan. He then smiles and says, “It turns out I’m hard to beat.”
Brown, to the astonishment of many in the state, endorsed the Nevada Republican Party in a convention vote in late April and won a May rally at the GOP’s Strapool in the Las Vegas area. Recent polls have shown it to be closed on lux, although the state, with a temporary population and the state’s tourism and casino industry, along with many late shift workers, is considered uncomfortable for polysters.
Both candidates were expected to have an equal chance of defeating Cortez Masto in November, who easily won his party’s approval over many unknown rivals.
“I think there will be stronger candidates in the general election than Brown, but I don’t think there’s much difference,” said Kenneth Miller, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
That’s because Cortez Masto, the first Latina to be elected to the Senate and the successor to the late Senator Harry Reid, is considered one of the weakest Democrats to run for re-election this year.
Democrats are facing major challenges this year, with an unpopular president and rising spending. In Nevada, high gas prices have been felt intensely by residents of the vast Las Vegas suburbs or by people from remote rural areas.
The same factors could jeopardize the re-election of Democratic incumbent Steve Sesolic, who easily won his party’s nomination and was waiting to face his Republican rival from Tuesday’s primary.
In the race for governor of Nevada, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is considered a favorite in the crowded arena and has received the prestigious endorsement from Trump.
The former president specifically ousted another Republican candidate in the race, former US Senator Dan Heller, who was once a critic of Trump and received a public reprimand from the then president.
Lombardo is also challenged by Joey Gilbert, a Northern Nevada lawyer and former professional boxer who was out of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, when he was attacked. Like Brown in the Senate race, Gilbert has party support.
Trump’s false claims of fraud in the 2020 election are part of some of Tuesday’s contests, including the much-watched race for Nevada’s secretary of state. Republican Barbara Segawask, who was reprimanded by the Nevada GOP for announcing that there was no fraud and the results were declared valid, is limited in duration. A crowded Republican arena that has embraced “electoral integrity” concerns to varying degrees is seeking to replace it.