WASHINGTON — The man charged with winning the House of Democrats predicted on Tuesday that his party would retain three seats in Nevada, despite strong political headwinds that appear to be going the other way.
“We are very aware that we are the underdogs,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, DN.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Republicans need just five seats to regain control of the House this fall. With 23 Democrats retiring, President Joe Biden’s approval ratings, inflation and high gas prices, Democrats face an uphill battle to retain control of the House.
Last week, The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan group that analyzes campaigns and elections, moved Nevada’s three Democratic-held districts to the “throw” column. The report’s editor, David Wasserman, predicted a GOP takeover of 25 to 30 seats in November.
Congressional District 2 represented by Rep. Mark Amodei is considered a safe Republican seat. He faces a primary challenge from former Las Vegas businessman and current Douglas County Commissioner Danny Tarkanian.
But Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., the dean of Nevada’s congressional delegation, faces left-leaning primary opposition with Amy Vilela, the former Nevada co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign. The winner will face eight Republicans who jumped into the GOP primary after redrawing the diluted Democratic voting strength in an effort to shore up more competitive congressional districts in southern Nevada currently held by Democratic Representatives Susie Lee and Steven Horsford.
A spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, Torunn Sinclair, said Nevadans know the Democrats caused the current economic problems and forced prices to skyrocket.
“They will replace Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford with Republicans in November,” Sinclair said.
Maloney did not comment on the redistricting in Nevada, but said the Democratic candidates will run on a record of saving the economy, saving jobs and passing the infrastructure bill, measures that helped Las Vegas after the coronavirus pandemic. He said Democrats also had strong messages on gun control and reproductive rights, with the expected Supreme Court ruling that could roll back 50 years of protecting women.
Lee and Horsford could face top contenders in November. In the 3rd Congressional District, April Becker is the Republican favorite, while Republicans, including Congresswoman Annie Black and veteran Sam Peters, are battling it out in the 4th Congressional District.
Maloney declined to reveal how much money and in which states the Democratic campaign committee would spend to retain its majority. He said he expected Democrats to have a cash advantage