EXCLUSIVE: The Republican marketing campaign of Army veteran Sam Brown says the first-time candidate’s fundraising figures present he’s “a force to be reckoned with” in the GOP Senate main in Nevada, a key battleground state in the 2022 midterm elections.

Brown hauled in over $1 million from his marketing campaign launch in mid-July by means of the tip of September, which marks the tip of the third quarter of fundraising, in keeping with marketing campaign money numbers shared first with Fox News on Friday.

The GOP wants a internet acquire of only one seat to win again the Senate majority in subsequent 12 months’s midterms. While Republicans are enjoying protection – they’re defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs – they see alternatives to flip blue seats purple in the swing states of Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire and Nevada, the place first-term Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is operating for reelection.

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Brown, a newcomer to politics, is a retired Army captain. He’s a Purple Heart recipient who sustained critical accidents from an IED explosion throughout a 2008 deployment in Afghanistan, which left his face severely burned. 

“This finance report makes it clear that all Nevada Republicans have a real choice for taking on the hard left policies of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto,” the Brown marketing campaign touted in a press release to Fox News. “Nevadans representing every Nevada county have donated to Sam Brown’s campaign in just the first 90 days. This grassroots campaign has received donations from all fifty states, as well as American military personnel serving overseas, and our average donation is less than $75.”

The marketing campaign additionally showcased that it has surpassed 12,000 donors and that the fundraising report “leaves no doubt that Sam Brown’s campaign is a force to be reckoned with in the primary and in the general election.”

Brown known as his marketing campaign money figures an “early milestone” and spotlighted that “this fledgling grassroots campaign has grown to become a leader of a national movement to restore power where it belongs – to the people.”

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And he highlighted that “I don’t come from wealth or power. I come from a career of service and sacrifice. I come from small town America. I come from a middle class that believes in putting duty to country first, and in abiding by our enduring Constitution.”

Brown’s fundraising haul will increase eyebrows in a GOP main race the place former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt grabbed the highlight when he introduced his candidacy for the Senate in mid-August. Laxalt, an Iraq War veteran and grandson of the late Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt, has loads of title recognition. 

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While Brown’s a supporter of former President Trump, Laxalt – who’s a Trump ally – has been endorsed by the previous president, who stays very talked-about and influential amongst Republicans in the Silver State and throughout the nation. And sources near longtime Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell inform Fox News it is probably an endorsement of Laxalt by the Kentucky Republican may occur later this 12 months.

Business proprietor Sharelle Mendenhall and Bill Hockstedler, a well being care government and Air Force veteran, are additionally operating for the Republican Senate nomination.

The winner of subsequent 12 months’s GOP main will face a problem in attempting to oust Cortez Masto in the final election. The senator, who chaired the Senate Democrats’ reelection arm final cycle when the occasion regained the chamber’s majority, has constructed a formidable battle chest. 

Cortez Masto, a former two-term Nevada legal professional basic, defeated Republican Joe Heck by two and a half factors in the 2016 election to succeed retiring longtime Senate Democratic chief Harry Reid. She made historical past as the primary Latina elected to the Senate.