NV’s underreported Senate race heats up in favor of Republican Adam Laxalt


Nevada’s highly underreported Senate race heats up in April as Trump-backed Republican Adam Laxalt leads Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).

With the 2022 midterm elections expected to be a huge red wave, Masto could lose his seat amid high crime, massive influxes of migrants and high inflation for 40 years. Masto hasn’t campaigned much yet, opting instead to throw money at the issue. Among the large sums of money she raised, Masto spent large sums of money on local television commercials.

One of Masto’s biggest problems is that few people know who she is and what she believes. Former Nevada attorney general and current Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt, who leads the GOP primary by a huge margin, has so far successfully tied Masto to Biden’s failing policies, such as soft on crime, border security and inflation.

Masto relied on promoting Biden’s coronavirus stimulus packages that have fueled high inflation for 40 years. The tactic is a “generic 2020 strategy for vulnerable senators,” Politico Playbook reported.

In Nevada, voters are worried about the direction of the nation and whether the Democratic Party can heal the wounds created by Biden’s presidency. A poll reported by Breitbart News suggests that voters in Nevada are currently disappointed with the way Masto has governed under the Biden administration:

  • 72% of voters say Democrats’ economy is fair to bad
  • Inflation is the main problem, with 40% saying they were better off under Trump
  • Masto votes behind Republicans Laxalt and Sam Brown
  • Democratic Party leader Biden has just a 35% approval rating

Polling numbers suggest Masto is ripe for defeat.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., speaks with reporters in her office in Reno (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File).

In March, Laxalt told Breitbart News that Masto has enabled efforts by the radical left to “demonize” law enforcement, which tries to capture migrants crossing the border but is now changing tack with the looming election.

“Nevada law enforcement deserves a lawyer in the US Senate who will consistently support them every day, not just when an election year approaches,” Laxalt said. “Catherine Cortez Masto enabled left-wing efforts to demonize police officers and supported taxpayer-funded aid for criminals, even after a Las Vegas police officer was shot during the 2020 riots. Now she’s doing back off because it’s a re-election year.

“When I am elected, I will be a constant ally for law enforcement,” he added.

Laxalt’s campaign comes after Nevada political heavyweight former Senator Harry Reid died in 2021, leaving the state’s Democratic Party leaderless. Reid was a ruthless senator from 1987 to 2017, when he served as Barack Obama’s Senate Majority Leader. During his tenure, Reid became Nevada’s de facto political leader, turning Nevada from a red state to a blue state.

After Reid left office, he remained an eminence in state politics. Masto’s campaign will have to deal with Laxalt’s rise to power without Reid’s help, though it’s unclear if Reid would have an impact on how Nevada voters view the modern Democratic Party.

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