7 April 2023
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2023, giving her $6 million in her campaign account as she officially begins her re-election bid — a new Nevada first quarter off-year record, according to her campaign.
The haul gives Rosen, who launched her re-election campaign Wednesday, a considerable cash advantage against any as-yet undeclared Republican challengers in what’s likely to be one of the nation’s most-watched 2024 Senate contests.
Rosen’s totals outpace Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)’s early 2021 fundraising totals. Nevada’s senior senator raised $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2021 and entered April with $4.66 million in cash on hand — two off-year records that Rosen’s campaign says she has now broken. Cortez Masto continually set fundraising records throughout her campaign.
Specific information about individual donors as well as spending totals will not be available until the Federal Election Commission’s first quarter filing deadline of April 15.
In 2024, Senate Democrats must defend 23 seats to Republicans’ 10, making Rosen’s seat critical to maintaining the one-seat advantage Democrats hold. Nevada had the closest Senate race in the country in 2022, when Cortez Masto beat Adam Laxalt by less than one percent. Rosen’s campaign forecasts a similarly tight race next year, making the fundraising haul an important tool towards flooding Nevada media markets with her messaging early on, a strategy Cortez Masto deployed.
“This will be an expensive and highly competitive race, but Senator Rosen is raising the resources to get her message out about how she’s delivering for Nevada as one of the most bipartisan and effective Senators,” campaign finance director Lexie Leventis said in a statement.
The Cook Political Report rated Nevada’s Senate race as “Lean Democratic” in late January.
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