Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a first-term Democrat from Nevada, linked up with rank-and-file members of the state’s strong Culinary Union, which represents casino, hotel, and restaurant employees in Sin City and Reno, during her campaigning in Las Vegas.
It was lovely to join hundreds of @Culinary226 employees this morning at @MandalayBay. I’ve got their back no matter what,’ the senator tweeted on Tuesday.
In order to win her reelection, Cortez Masto will need all the help she can get from the politically influential Culinary Union. She is up against Republican nominee Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former senator and governor Paul Laxalt and a former state attorney general who succeeded Cortez Masto as the state’s top prosecutor.
One of a select few nationwide Senate races in the November midterm elections that might determine if the GOP regains control of the chamber’s majority is in Nevada. And with three weeks before election day, Laxalt leads Cortez Masto by a slim margin of 1.7 points, according to the Real Clear Politics average of the most recent public opinion polls in the critical western battleground state. Cortez Masto is considered by Senate Republicans to be the most exposed Democratic incumbent seeking reelection.
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But it goes beyond the Senate election.
According to an average of the most recent polls, incumbent Democratic governor Steve Sisolak is marginally behind Joe Lombardo, the Republican candidate for governor and Clark County sheriff. Along with Democratic incumbent Steven Horsford in the 4th District, Democratic Reps. Dina Titus in Nevada’s 1st Congressional District and Susie Lee in the 3rd District are battling for their political life.
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Democrats presently hold sway over the governor’s office, both houses of the state legislature, both U.S. Senate seats, three of the four U.S. House seats, and both Senate seats. However, Democrats are on the defensive in Nevada as Republicans try to turn the Silver State red in November due to historical trends that show the party that wins the White House typically suffers significant setbacks in the ensuing midterm elections. These trends are exacerbated by a difficult political climate fuelled by record inflation, skyrocketing crime, and a border crisis, as well as President Biden’s rebounding but still dismal approval ratings.
“Look at the problems we have here,” I said. the cost of gasoline. how much food costs. Here, crime is a major problem,’ said Michael McDonald, chair of the Nevada GOP. You examine the options for schools. Education is highly important.
McDonald added that voters “are feeling it” every time they stop at the gas station to refuel their vehicles. They feel it every time they have to buy food for the family. Right now, all politics is rational.
Former political adviser to late Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada and seasoned Democratic operator and communicator Chris Moyer also brought up the economics.
When the national economy is in trouble, Nevada’s economy is the hardest hit. Nevada often recovers from economic downturns more slowly. According to Moyer, Nevada has higher gas prices than several other states in the nation.
In Nevada, elections are frequently close calls. Sisolak defeated Laxalt by four points in the 2018 gubernatorial race, and Biden defeated President Donald Trump by two points to win the state in 2020. Cortez Masto won the Senate seat by barely two points in 2016.
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However, Moyer claimed that there is a misperception that the state is blue due to the Democrats’ dominance in both the state and federal delegations. The state of Nevada is purple. It appears to be a more consistently blue state than it actually is, Moyer emphasized, because Democrats have been successful in recent elections.
As the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, Cortez Masto made history in 2018. However, in 2020, Republicans gained support from Spanish-speaking voters in Nevada and other important states.
McDonald claimed that because of their “religious, family, and economic beliefs,” Latino voters are more “associated with the Republican Party.”
However, the Cortez Masto team draws attention to the fact that since March, they have been engaging Latino voters with TV advertising in both English and Spanish. Democrats claim that the Cortez Masto campaign has been working diligently to win over Latino voters.
Additionally, the 60,000-strong heavily immigrant workforce that the Culinary Union represents “is tremendously active and able to knock on doors in a manner they couldn’t two years ago,” according to the union. And that will be crucial for Democrats to be successful across the board,’ Moyer said.
‘Canvassers have walked on over 500,000 doors statewide