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Horsford announces more than $455k in Q4 fundraising

Jacob Solis
Jacob Solis
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Steven Horsford waiving to a crowd

Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford announced Friday that his campaign brought in more than $455,000 in the last quarter of 2019, pushing his total fundraising for the year to more than $1.6 million and leaving his re-election effort with more than $1 million cash on hand. 

That total exceeds his third-quarter fundraising — roughly $300,000 — by about 50 percent, though it still lags behind that of fellow Democratic incumbent Susie Lee, who raked in more than $600,000 in fourth-quarter fundraising. 

Lee — who represents a congressional district that narrowly voted for Trump in 2016 — has taken the brunt of a Republican pressure campaign centered around her decision to back Trump’s impeachment, while Horsford has so far remained relatively unscathed for his own support of the impeachment process.

So far, nine Republicans have lined up for the chance to challenge Horsford next November for the seat in District 4, though the incumbent Horsford has so-far reliably outraised his possible opponents. 

Less than two weeks remain before the Federal Election Commission’s official filing deadline, and few direct comparisons can be made while quarterly filings continue to trickle in. Filing information from the third quarter, however, showed the Horsford campaign well ahead of any possible Republican challengers. The next closest fundraiser, former Miss Nevada and local business owner Lisa Song Sutton, brought in just $127,000 through September. 

District 4 is a geographically sprawling district that encompasses both parts of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas as well as much of the state’s rural center. It is also among two swing districts in the state alongside District 3, though most independent analyses rate the district as “Likely Democratic” in 2020. 

Horsford first won the District in 2012, but was defeated just one cycle later after historically low turnout drove Republican victories statewide in 2014. Democrats recaptured the seat in 2016 with Ruben Kihuen. Kihuen would eventually decline to run for re-election in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, leaving the door open for Horsford’s return in 2018 with an 8-point win. 

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