A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Nevada has just shattered fundraising records for both parties as the GOP seeks to flip the state from blue to red.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced on January 11th that his campaign had raised $3.1 million since entering the Nevada governor’s race in late June of 2021. According to Lombardo’s campaign, this is record-breaking fundraising for a non-election year, and he has outraised any Democrat or Republican candidate, as well as any incumbent or challenger, in state history.
Lombardo is one of nine candidates running in the crowded GOP primary race, which will be taking place in June of 2022. The winner will go on to try to unseat Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak in a state that Joe Biden won by less than three percentage points in 2020. The Nevada governor was recently included on The Hill’s list of “seven most vulnerable governors” up for reelection this year.
“I’m truly honored by the tremendous show of support my campaign has received so far,” Lombardo told Fox News in a statement. “For far too long, Steve Sisolak and Nevada’s radical, single-party state rule have failed us, and I think these numbers clearly reflect that Nevadans are ready for something new.”
“To every Nevadan who is desperate for safer streets, better schools, and a stronger economy: Hold on, help is on the way,” he added. “My campaign is just getting started, and we’re on the way to deliver true leadership in 2022. Together, this will be the year we take back our state!”
Multiple analysts and pundits have rated Nevada as a toss-up state in the upcoming election, and that number is strengthened by the “over two-to-one rate of Democrats becoming Republicans in December,” according to Fox News.
The other eight candidates in the GOP primary that Lombardo will be running against are: Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, attorney Joey Gilbert, former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, venture capitalist Guy Nohra, Air Force veteran Tom Heck, businessman Mickey Lufkin, Dr. Fred Simon and real estate broker Barak Zilberberg.