Democratic Rep. Susie Lee announced second-quarter fundraising of more than $1.1 million on Monday, boosting her cash on hand to more than $2.5 million as she takes on the challenge from Republican April Becker.
The haul, Lee’s highest this cycle, marks a second-quarter record for any Nevada congressional candidate and highlights the competitive electoral battle she faces as a vulnerable House Democrat in the swingy Congressional District. 3.
The Cook Political Report, Politics and others rate the race as a “toss in the air,” and some political pundits have put the race at the center of the fight between Democrats and Republicans for House control. A recent poll commissioned by Becker’s campaign indicated that likely voters in the general election were split almost evenly between the two candidates.
Lee’s $1.1 million fundraiser for the quarter includes $360,000 that she said she raised during preschool, while the remaining fundraiser of more than $700,000 took place. at the end of the quarter, from May 26 to June 30. More details on Lee’s fundraising and spending during this period are expected with the release of his quarterly campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), scheduled for July 15.
That report is expected to show a slight increase in Lee’s spending, after the incumbent Democrat announced the launch of a $500,000 ad campaign in late June. The new tv adthe first of Lee’s cycle, attacks Becker on the abortion issue, calling the Republican a threat to a woman’s right to choose.
As Lee continues to post record fundraising totals for a Nevada congressional candidate, Becker will have a lot of catching up to do in the race for District 3 money. in the primary election in June, Becker last reported to the FEC that she had only $250,000 in cash as of May 25.
Nevada’s District 3, first established in 2001, encompasses the southern portion of Clark County and stretches through many of the more affluent suburbs of the Las Vegas metro area. Although control of the district swung between Democrats and Republicans several times during the 2010s, Democrats have controlled the district since 2017. Lee has represented the district since 2019.
The district’s leftward shift received a boost in November, when state lawmakers redrew the district’s boundaries in a special redistricting session to include more Democratic voters. But recent Republican gains in voter registration have once again reduced the Democratic advantage. They lead the Republicans in the share of registered voters in the district by just under 6 points, still a jump from the roughly 2-point advantage Democrats held before the redistricting.