GOP political newcomers chasing well-funded attorney for a chance to face Rep. Susie Lee

GOP political newcomers chasing well-funded attorney for a chance to face Rep. Susie Lee

On a sunny March afternoon, dozens of supporters toting campaign signs gathered outside the Clark County Government Center to cheer on Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) as she filed to run for her third consecutive term representing Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.

Speaking to supporters, Lee said she was running “to defend our democracy.” 

“What’s at stake in this election is really someone who’s going to stand up for our community versus someone who believes in ‘stop the steal,’” Lee said.

From calling Joe Biden a “fake president” to outright challenging 2020 election results, the majority of Lee’s Republican challengers have adopted and campaigned on unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about election fraud.

But Democrats and Republicans alike recognize that Lee’s seat is vulnerable. The House Majority PAC, the largest super PAC aiding House Democrats, plans to spend nearly $12 million on TV ads in the Las Vegas market — more than ​in any other media market in the country.

National Republicans see an opportunity for a pickup in left-leaning District 3, even with Democrats holding a nearly 7-point lead over Republicans in voter registration following the November redistricting special session.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is targeting Lee’s District 3 as a seat to flip in hopes of retaking control of the House in November — a likely scenario given the historically poor performance of a president’s party during midterm elections and President Joe Biden’s low approval rating. The Cook Political Report recently moved the District 3 race to a “toss up” rating.

Five Republicans — real estate attorney April Becker, construction company owner John Kovacs, veteran, attorney and engineer Noah Malgeri, former UNLV machine shop manager Clark Bossert and realtor Albert Goldberg — are looking to ride a potential red wave to victory over Lee, despite their minimal political experience. None have ever won an election in Nevada.

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