Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general, won the state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
Laxalt’s win sets up a fierce showdown with incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) in November.
The high-stakes race is expected to play a tremendous impact on the outlook of the legislative body after the midterm elections.
RACE CALL: The Indy is calling the Republican U.S. Senate Primary for Adam Laxalt. pic.twitter.com/eUs1fOt6qG
— Nevada Independent (@TheNVIndy) June 15, 2022
Laxalt takes the stage for his victory speech.
Laxalt thanks Trump for his endorsement and gives a shoutout to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as well. pic.twitter.com/wsNyaO7Zmf
— Musadiq Bidar (@Bidar411) June 15, 2022
Laxalt was a frontrunner in polls consistently through the primary and defeated several others, led by businessman and retired Army Capt. Sam Brown.
In recent weeks, Brown began to pick up steam, and had outraised Laxalt in small-dollar donations, but Laxalt’s support from former President Donald Trump and other notable Republicans like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis helped propel him to the top.
He also has relatively strong name recognition, as the grandson of a former Nevada senator, Paul Laxalt, and having served in a statewide position before. Laxalt also had a failed bid for governor in 2018 while he was serving as attorney general.
Laxalt, who was a Nevada co-chair of Trump’s 2020 campaign, has been an outspoken supporter of Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
In the aftermath of the presidential election, Laxalt continued to say the results were rigged and that the legal challenges against the election, which he helped lead, were unsuccessful because they were filed too late.