Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto wins Nevada Senate race : NPR


US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, in Las Vegas last month. The Democrat beat Adam Laxalt, a Trump-backed Republican and former Nevada attorney general.

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Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto wins Nevada Senate race : NPR

US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, in Las Vegas last month. The Democrat beat Adam Laxalt, a Trump-backed Republican and former Nevada attorney general.

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Nevada incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto survived a challenge, defeating Republican Adam Laxalt and helping Democrats retain the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press race call.

Nevada was a top Republican target as they tried to break the Senate’s 50-50 split, and Cortez Masto’s re-election was a blow in the run-up to the election. She was running neck and neck with Laxalt, the former Nevada attorney general who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada Attorney General before becoming the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. She campaigned on women’s reproductive rights, criticizing Laxalt for calling the Roe vs. Wade decision “a joke”, reported the Nevada Independent, and categorizing a vote for his opponent as an “automatic vote for a federal ban on abortion”.

Laxalt tried to lure voters by promising to fight inflation, which he blamed on poor decision-making by Cortez Masto and President Biden. He also promised to help secure America’s southern border, including taking over Trump’s border wall project.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto wins Nevada Senate race : NPR

Republican Adam Laxalt in Minden, Nevada, last month. Voters elected Laxalt over incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate.

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Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto wins Nevada Senate race : NPR

Republican Adam Laxalt in Minden, Nevada, last month. Voters elected Laxalt over incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate.

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The Republican candidate was also a supporter of the former president’s claims that the 2020 election results were a sham and referred to Trump as the current president in a phone call earlier this summer, NPR previously reported.

Less than a month before the election, 14 members of Laxalt’s family wrote a three-page letter supporting his opponent, the Nevada Independent reported. The letter praises Cortez Masto and his stances on women’s issues and the preservation of public lands, his record as Attorney General and more.

“We believe Catherine possesses a set of qualities that clearly speak to what we like to call ‘Nevada Courage,'” the letter reads. “No further comment will be made, as we believe this letter speaks for itself.”

Laxalt responded to the letter on Twittersaying he was not surprised that some Democratic members of his family supported another Democrat, despite living out of state.

This wasn’t the first time Laxalt’s family had spoken out about his role in politics. Twelve parents wrote a letter opposing his candidacy when he ran for governor in 2018.




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