Why Republicans in Nevada are Targeting the Seat of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Last week, Laxalt’s campaign — which has the backing of Trump and Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader — was launched. “Latin for Laxalt” in an attempt to attract Hispanic voters. Cortez Masto’s allies have made sure to use Spanish-language criticism by Latinos against Laxalt – what they say is just a clever, tough campaign.

Democrats in Nevada are suffering too unusual split. As a result, the party split in two between a group allied with Reid’s former ally, the late senator, and a smaller faction led by Senator Bernie Sanders’ ally, the Vermont progressive.

The state’s top Democrats – including Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen and Governor Steve Sisolak – are all working through a new entity called Nevada Democratic Victorywho coordinates field operations and other statewide campaign spending with the Democratic National Committee in Washington.

It is not entirely clear what role the Nevada State Democrats will play in the 2022 half. The group, led by Judith Whitmer, an ally of Sanders, announced that it had only half a million dollars in hand early in the campaign season — money that, however, is said to be used to “do a big field campaign.” And while allies of Cortez Masto insist that everything is going smoothly and that tensions between the two groups have been resolved, some also claim to have no idea what the state parties are up to.

Cortez Masto’s campaign says there is no community in the state for granted, and simply continues the senator’s longstanding efforts to engage with key constituencies that have been hit hard by economic disruptions in recent years.

“While Senator Cortez Masto continues to build on his strong record of fighting for the Latino community in Nevada, Adam Laxalt continues to demonstrate that he cannot be trusted,” Josh Marcus-Blank, spokesman for the Cortez Masto campaign, said in a statement.

Vargas, head of the NALEO Education Fund, said that mobilizing Latino voters, especially young voters, would be a key factor in November. The group has projected that turnout among Latinos will grow by 5.8 percent in Nevada during the 2022 midterms, but he declined to speculate on which side might benefit.

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