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Horsford raises more than $500,000 in first quarter for competitive re-election bid

Sean Golonka
Sean Golonka
Campaign FinanceElection 2022
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Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) raised more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2022, ending March with $1.94 million in cash on hand, his campaign told The Nevada Independent on Tuesday.

Following one of his strongest fundraising quarters of the midterm election cycle so far, Horsford is expected to maintain his cash on hand lead over his top three Republican opponents. Additional details on Horsford’s fundraising and spending are expected later this week, pending the release of quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which are due by April 15 and cover the period from January 1 to the end of March.

The amount also shatters Horsford’s fundraising total during the same period in 2020 ($309,000) and 2021 ($363,000) — a sign of the difficult re-election fight Horsford faces this year as he seeks his fourth term representing Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

Three Republicans are in the running to flip the district red for just the second time since it was created in 2011 — the first time saw Republican Cresent Hardy defeat Horsford in 2014 in a sweeping red wave year. But Democrats carry a 10.6-point advantage over Republicans in voter registration in District 4 — a sizable lead that comes after a redistricting special session in November saw the district redrawn to include a more Democratic-leaning group of voters.

Ahead of the Republican primary this June, National Republicans are targeting Horsford’s seat, and The Cook Political Report rates the seat “lean Democratic.” Horsford faces no challengers from his own party.

Those Republican candidates include Sam Peters, an insurance firm owner who finished second in the district’s 2020 Republican primary; Annie Black, a real estate agent and assemblywoman who previously served on the Mesquite City Council; and Chance Bonaventura, a senior aide to Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore.

Though fundraising details for Horsford’s opponents were not yet available, Peters’ campaign told The Nevada Independent the Republican has raised more than $600,000 in the midterm cycle through the end of the first quarter. After entering 2022 with $502,000 raised for the cycle, that total would place his first quarter fundraising upwards of $100,000.

Black and Bonaventura’s campaigns did not respond to requests regarding their first quarter fundraising efforts, but this week marks the first time both Republicans will report fundraising data to the FEC. Black and Bonaventura both joined the race in early January, after the previous fundraising quarter had already concluded.

A survey of 404 Republican primary voters conducted last month by Republican-aligned WPA Intelligence found Peters (33 percent) leading Black (14 percent) and Bonaventura (5 percent) in a hypothetical primary with a margin of error of 4.9 percent. The poll, which was commissioned by Peters’ campaign, also found that nearly half of those voters were undecided, and that 60 percent of respondents had never heard of Peters, while 72 percent had never heard of Black.

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