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Horsford posts $460,000 in fourth-quarter fundraising

Sean Golonka
Sean Golonka
Campaign FinanceElection 2022
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Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) raised $460,000 from October to December of last year, boosting his cash on hand to $1.67 million, his campaign told The Nevada Independent on Tuesday.

As Horsford faces re-election in 2022, the sum topped his third-quarter fundraising haul of $450,000, but fell short of the more than $580,000 he raised in the second quarter of 2021. Horsford’s campaign said the fourth quarter total helped set a personal record for the incumbent’s non-election year fundraising, breaking a previous high of more than $1.5 million in 2019. 

Details on Horsford’s campaign spending were not immediately available, pending the release of his quarterly campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission, due by Monday, Jan. 31.

As Horsford seeks his fourth term representing Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, four Republicans have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to contend for the seat. (Horsford has no declared opponents in the Democratic primary).

They include Sam Peters, a 2020 congressional candidate and insurance firm owner; Annie Black, a real estate agent and assemblywoman who previously served on the Mesquite City Council; Jessie Vargas, a former world champion professional boxer; and Chance Bonaventura, a senior aide to Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore. 

Though no candidates have filed their year-end campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission as of Wednesday morning, Peters’ campaign told The Nevada Independent on Tuesday that the candidate raised more than $130,000 in the fourth quarter, bringing his fundraising for the year to $500,000.

Black and Bonaventura do not have to file 2021 year-end reports with the commission, as they did not file paperwork to run for office until early this year.

A redistricting special session in November saw the 4th District — which primarily covers an area stretching from North Las Vegas into central, rural Nevada — redrawn to include portions of Las Vegas south of U.S. 95 near the Springs Preserve and Charleston Boulevard. That change brought the district a more Democratic-leaning group of voters, many of whom previously resided in Congressional District 1.

The push to shore up Democratic voter registration advantages comes as the party seeks to avoid losing control of the seat, which happened once in the 2010s. After Horsford was first elected to Congress in 2012, he was defeated the following cycle by former Assemblyman Cresent Hardy during the Republican wave election of 2014. 

Democrats took back the seat in 2016 following a victory by former state Sen. Ruben Kihuen, and Horsford retook the seat in 2018 after Kihuen declined to run for re-election in the midst of a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.  

Horsford won re-election in 2020 over Republican Jim Marchant by 4.9 percentage points — the narrowest margin of victory for a Democrat in the district since Kihuen's 4-point win in 2016. 

Update: Jan. 26, 2021 at 8:10 a.m. This story was updated to include additional details about Republican candidates’ fundraising.

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