Adam Laxalt, a former attorney general of Nevada, was declared the winner of the state’s Republican primary for the Senate. He will now face Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, in the general election in November, which is anticipated to be a very close race.
The Associated Press has announced that Mr. Laxalt was victorious in his race against Sam Brown, who is a former Army captain. As the Republicans work to regain control of the Senate, he and Ms. Cortez Masto, who is considered to be one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents, will now start preparing for an expensive battle that will last for many months.
Mr. Laxalt, who is now serving as the co-chair of the Trump 2020 campaign in Nevada, has received endorsements from not one but two of the most well-known leaders in the Republican Party: former President Donald J. Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Mr. Laxalt, taking his lead from Mr. Trump, has been spreading unfounded allegations of election fraud in the election for the year 2020. Additionally, he has begun establishing the comprehensive foundation to combat electoral fraud in his own campaign this year, months before any votes have been cast.
The endorsements were essential to Mr. Laxalt’s candidacy, since they resulted in the two national leaders travelling to the state to hold rallies in his support and making television ads on his behalf. Mr. Laxalt’s campaign also got assistance from the Club for Growth, a prominent conservative anti-tax organisation, whose political action committee contributed about one million dollars to Mr. Laxalt’s campaign.
In recent months, the competition for the Republican nomination between Mr. Laxalt and Mr. Brown had heated up. Mr. Brown had garnered significant support from some local Republican groups as he portrayed himself as the “outsider” who could bring change to the Capitol through his criticism of Mr. Laxalt’s Washington connections and as he portrayed himself as the “outsider.”
After suffering significant wounds in Afghanistan, Mr. Brown, who is now the owner of a small company, was awarded a Purple Heart for his service and continues to have scars on his face.
Mr. Laxalt, who is the grandson of Paul Laxalt, a former senator from the state, and the son of Pete Domenici, a former senator from New Mexico, has also embraced the set of conspiratorial beliefs known as replacement theory. During campaign appearances, he has told supporters that “the left” wants to transform the country by allowing immigrants to enter the country illegally. Pete Domenici served as a senator from New Mexico.
Mr. Laxalt has concurrently reached out to Latino voters, who are anticipated to play a major role in the race that will take place in November.
According to AdImpact, which monitors how much money is spent on advertisements, Ms. Cortez Masto has already spent close to $13.5 million on the election. She has flooded the airwaves with television advertising in both English and Spanish to bring attention to the work she is doing to provide relief to the state in the wake of the outbreak.
The contest has also garnered significant expenditure from other sources. Ms. Cortez Masto was the first Latina to be elected to the Senate, and Somos PAC, a political action committee that focuses on Latino voters, spent $2.8 million to support her and paint Mr. Laxalt as “not for us” in advertising that were broadcast in both English and Spanish.