Politics Adam Laxalt, Trump Ally Who Filed Suits to Overturn Nevada Election, Running for Senate
GOP lands top Nevada recruit, setting up competitive Senate race
Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s announcement this week that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto gave Republicans a top recruit in the battle for the Senate and kicked off one of the most competitive races in the country. Campaign strategists in both parties stress that, despite recent Democratic successes, the Silver State […] The post GOP lands top Nevada recruit, setting up competitive Senate race appeared first on Roll Call.
Adam Laxalt, an ally of former Presidentwho filed lawsuits to overturn 2020 election results in Nevada, is running for the U.S. , the Associated Press reported.
Laxalt, a 42-year-old Republican, seeks to replace Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. The attorney and Navy veteran made a run for governor in 2018 but lost by four percentage points to Steve Sisolak. Two years later, he worked as Trump's campaign co-chair in the state and filed lawsuits, that failed, against Nevada's mail-in voting. Laxalt also tried to stop the counting of votes in Clark County.
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In 2014, Laxalt became America's youngest state attorney general at 35.
Andy Orellana, a spokesperson for the Nevada Democratic Victory group that supports Cortez Masto's reelection campaign, said Laxalt as an attorney general "used his office to benefit his special interest donors."
"He became Donald Trump's main lackey in Nevada by orchestrating bogus lawsuits to prop up the Big Lie and overturn the 2020 election," Orellana added.
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Laxalt filed late Sunday to run, setting the stage for what could be a decisive battle as both parties fight for control of.
He is part of a Nevada political dynasty. Cortez Masto succeeded U.S. Senator Harry Reid in 2016 and became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate.
Adam Laxalt jumps into Nevada Senate race, faces Army combat veteran in GOP primary
Republican Adam Laxalt has launched his campaign for Senate, filing a statement of his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. © Provided by Washington Examiner The former state attorney general is the consensus choice of the Republican establishment in Nevada and Washington, D.C., to challenge Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in 2022 and is expected to enjoy the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Laxalt, a Reno-based attorney, is the son of former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and a grandson of former Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt. During his tenure as attorney general, Laxalt butted heads with Republican Governor Brian Sandoval and his moderate allies in the state party.
Democrats have won the past two Senate races in Nevada by fewer than five points but fear a low-turnout election similar to 2014—the last midterm contest held with a Democrat in the White House. That year,flipped nine seats to regain control of the Senate and Laxalt rode the Republican wave to victory in the state attorney general's race. The opposition party has historically gained seats in the midterm election during a president's first term.
Republicans andhave anticipated Laxalt's entry into the race for months and national politicians have publicly backed him as their candidate. His political consultant, Robert Uithoven, declined to comment about his candidacy on Monday.
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Laxalt's annual Basque Fry held over the weekend at a rural Nevada cattle ranch served as a coming-out party for his Senate bid, with speakers lauding him as a candidate despite the fact that he has not yet formally announced. U.S. Senator Tom Cotton told an audience of about 4,000 that one of the reasons Laxalt had not yet announced was due to campaign finance rules, which require contributions to be disclosed quarterly once candidates enter races for federal office. Former Trump cabinet member Richard Grenell said to expect a formal announcement on Tuesday.
Laxalt, who watched Saturday's speakers from a VIP area near the stage, did not mention his candidacy but styled his remarks as a campaign speech-variety call to action.
"The people are ready to stand with us. Our state is ready to fight against this. Americans are ready to fight against this," he said to end a speech about crime rates and social media platforms "ruthlessly enforcing the ruling elite's worldview on everything from COVID to election integrity."
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In 2020, he spearheaded efforts to overturn President's victory in the state. Judges in every case dismissed Laxalt's challenges to the election results and Nevada's Republican secretary of state defended the results as reliable and accurate.
Orellana responded to the campaign filings by calling Laxalt a failed politician with a record of working against Nevada residents.
"While Senator Cortez Masto is putting Nevadans first, Laxalt is only ever looking out for himself," he said.
The shadow of 2020 will likely figure into the Senate race in Nevada, where state legislators passed a law in May to send all voters mail-in ballots in future elections. Republican candidates running for governor in Virginia, secretary of state in Georgia and the U.S. Senate in Arizona and Ohio have staked out positions about "election integrity" ranging from voicing concerns about voter rolls to claiming outright the 2020 outcome was invalid. On Saturday, Laxalt referenced election integrity while Grenell and American Conservation Union Chairman Matt Schlapp repeated their claims about voter fraud and Trump winning Nevada in the 2020 election without evidence.
Laxalt will compete against Army veteran Sam Brown in the Republican primary next June. Candidates hoping to unseat Cortez Masto have until March to declare their candidacy and have yet to file campaign finance reports.
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GOP letting it ride on Adam Laxalt as they target Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada Senate race .
Nevada Republicans looking to reverse years of disappointment at the top of the ticket are betting on Adam Laxalt, who is poised this month to announce his bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in 2022. © Provided by Washington Examiner Laxalt is unlikely to face meaningful competition in the GOP primary and has a clear path to the nomination, Republican insiders in Nevada say.