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Pro golfer Gulbis mulling run for Congress in Nevada
By
Jon Ralston
Photo courtesy of Keith Allison under Creative Commons.

Professional golfer Natalie Gulbis, who lives at Lake Las Vegas, met this week with Republicans in Washington, DC, to talk about running for Rep. Jacky Rosen’s seat in Nevada’s third congressional district, multiple sources confirmed.

Rosen indicated this month that she plans to run for the U.S. Senate, and the Democrats have no obvious other candidate to run in CD-3. Former congressional hopeful Susie Lee is believed to be interested, though.

Republican state Sen. Scott Hammond is exploring a bid, and ex-Clark County GOP Chairman Dave McKeon has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission. Danny Tarkanian, who lost to Rosen by 2,000 votes last cycle, also is mulling a return engagement, but also is considering a Senate run.

“This was a top pickup opportunity even before Rosen vacated this seat – but Natalie Gulbis’ interest shows the field of Republicans in the Third is growing even more impressive,” one national GOP source told me. “Republicans are excited about Gulbis, with her unique backstory and profile, while Democrats have no heir apparent in the Third. Lots of reasons to be confident about our chances here.”

One well-connected Nevada GOP strategist put it this way: “I think there is intrigue and she definitely has some interest but everyone, including Natalie, is trying to figure out whether it is the right fit. NRCC is casting a wide net and they rarely engage pre-primary.”

Gulbis is a big Donald Trump supporter, and wrote in January of last year that he changed her life and inspired her to create a Boys & Girls Club in Southern Nevada. She defended him from charges of misogyny and appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Gulbis also spoke at the Republican National Convention and said Trump encouraged her to “stand up to gender injustices.”

The district has only been held twice by Democrats and only for one term each — before Rosen, Dina Titus held it after the 2008 blue wave in Nevada. No Democrat has won the district in an off-year.

Feature photo: Courtesy of Keith Allison under Creative Commons.

INDY FAST FACTS Danny Tarkanian Job: Businessman Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1961 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) University of San Diego (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $3,443,619 (8/18/04-12/31/17) Top Donors: Danny Tarkanian $528,440 Stations Casino $74,550 Las Vegas Sands Corp $38,900 Domain.com $26,600 Maloof family $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Scott Hammond Job: State senator, District 18 Party: Republican In current office: 2012-present Birthdate:  December 20, 1966 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A., M.A.) Other public offices held: Assemblyman, District 13 (2010-2012) Total donations: $804,734 (2011-2017) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands $30,000 MGM Resorts International $20,000 New Nevada PAC $15,000 Boyd Gaming $14,000 Nevada Subcontractors Assn PAC $12,500 Station Casinos $12,500
INDY FAST FACTS Dina Titus Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 1st Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2013-present Birthdate: May 23, 1950 Education: College of William and Mary (B.A.) University of Georgia (M.A.) Florida State University, Tallahassee (Ph.D.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District (2009-2010) State Senator, District 7 (1989-2008) Total donations: $8,029,822 (2007-2018) Top donors:  MGM Resorts International $131,060 University of Nevada $60,269 Rocky Research $58,300 Carpenters & Joiners Union $57,500 Barrick Gold $52,500 Last Report: 12/31/17 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $3,220,875 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $66,800 Omni New York $32,400 Varian Medical Systems $23,100 Last Report: 12/31/17 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
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