Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) raised more than $1.5 million in the last three months of 2022, increasing her campaign fund to a record $4.4 million in early 2023, according to her campaign.
The amount — more than $1.4 million more than Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) did in early 2021, the year before her re-election campaign — gives the incumbent Democrat a significant lead over potential Republican challengers.
Details of Rosen’s quarterly fundraiser, including detailed information about how much money came from individual donors, were not immediately available due to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing deadline on Tuesday.
Rosen’s seat is one of eight where Democrats will play defense in 2024, likely making Nevada one of the GOP’s top campaign targets when it comes to turning control of the Senate next year.
Rosen told last October Politically She was “all in” on a campaign in 2024 and earlier this month announced the hiring of Ohio Senate nominee Tim Ryan’s former Treasury director, who set records in his failed bid against Republican JD Vance in 2022 at the set up fundraising.
In most Nevada campaigns over the past year, Democrats have comfortably outperformed their Republican opponents, particularly in high-profile races. In the contest between Cortez Masto and Republican Adam Laxalt, for example, Cortez Masto outstripped Laxalt by more than $48 million, according to filings filed with the FEC.
This money allowed Democrats and allied outside groups to blanket the airwaves with attack advertising. They often ran television campaigns months ahead of their GOP rivals, in some cases forcing Republican candidates to spend significantly more money on the same ad slots.
Still, Republicans often filled the gap late in the election cycle with outside spending, particularly from coordinated political action committees and Republican Party national campaign operations.
At the ballot box, differences in fundraising did not result in landslide victories for Democrats. Cortez Masto defeated Laxalt by less than 0.8 percentage points, and former Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak lost by 1.5 percentage points to Republican Joe Lombardo, despite also beating the former Clark County sheriff.
Rosen — a former computer programmer and synagogue president — was first elected to Congress in 2016, defeating Republican Danny Tarkanian as a newcomer to politics in the Las Vegas-area District 3. A cycle later, she challenged Republican Senator Dean Heller in 2018. to beat the ailing incumbent in a blue wave year marked by the failed Republican push in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump.
With no Republican challengers announced and almost two full years before the November 2024 election, early estimates have predicted an electoral advantage for incumbent Rosen. The bipartisan Cook policy reportwhich assesses the competitiveness of federal races, ranks Rosen’s competition as one of five “lean democratic” races.