Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford have been named to a House Democratic campaign program that defends members in competitive districts as the party prepares to gird its newly won majority in the chamber in 2020.
Lee and Horsford, who represent Nevada’s 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts, respectively, will receive fundraising and structural support in their re-election campaigns from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline program. Though Lee handily won election to the 3rd District seat last year after defeating Republican businessman Danny Tarkanian by 9.1 percentage points, the seat has only been held by a Democrat three out of the nine terms it has existed; Horsford’s seat is safer for Democrats, who have held it for three out of four terms.
The announcement comes with 635 days remaining until the 2020 election.
Lee was the first Democrat to win election to the district in a midterm election year, which typically features a higher Republican-to-Democrat turnout ratio than in presidential election years. Her Democratic predecessor, now-U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, won the seat against Tarkanian by 1.2 percentage points in 2016, as President Donald Trump carried the district by one point.
Rep. Cheri Bustos, the chairwoman of the DCCC, said in a statement that Lee “personally understands the importance of access to quality education in creating greater opportunity,” referencing her work as president of Communities in Schools of Nevada, a dropout prevention organization.
“After winning a tough race last year, Susie is committed to working across the aisle in Congress to put children and families first, and we’re proud to partner with her through our Frontline Program to ensure that Susie can keep fighting for Nevada in the future,” Bustos said.
Horsford, who previously represented the seat from 2013 to 2015, defeated former Rep. Cresent Hardy in November by 8.2 percentage points. Hardy is the only Republican who has represented the district after beating Horsford by 2.7 percentage points in 2014.
“Steven Horsford is well positioned to win re-election because the values that got him elected are the same values that he brings to serving working Nevadans every day,” Bustos said.
As of January, Democrats had a roughly 8,000-person, or 1.8 percentage point, voter registration advantage over Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District, which covers suburban Summerlin and Henderson and stretches to the southernmost tip of the state. Democrats have a nearly 38,000-person, or 9.5 point, advantage in the 4th District, which includes the northern parts of the Las Vegas Valley as well as several rural counties.
Update 2-7-19 at 9 a.m. to include information about Rep. Steven Horsford also being named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline program.