Dina Titus Off to Early Lead Over Khuen in Fundraising Race

Former Rep. Dina Titus enjoyed a huge fundraising advantage over fellow Democrat Ruben Kihuen as of Sept. 30 in their bid to represent Nevada's 1st Congressional District, while Republican Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei also have substantial nest eggs.

OpenSecrets.org, a website maintained by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C., reported that Titus had $193,187 cash-on-hand entering October, more than double the $94,994 available to state Sen. Kihuen. They are competing in the Democratic primary for the right to replace Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Titus received $17,000 from leadership political action committees, and $10,000 each from industrial and building trade unions. Kihuen also collected $5,000 from leadership PACs. The winner of their primary will be heavily favored in November's general election because the district is heavily Democratic. OpenSecrets didn't have data on possible Republican candidates Chris Edwards or Miguel Rodrigues.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Republican Rep. Joe Heck entered October with $616,162 cash-on-hand. Leading Democratic contender, Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, had only $94,976 cash-on-hand. Heck's major contributions were from sources linked to Las Vegas Sands ($30,000), Brady Industries ($25,000), Peppermill Casinos ($17,300) and MGM Resorts International ($15,000). Oceguera got $2,500 each from contributors connected to Station Casinos, American Association for Justice and Cash America International.

Heck took in $102,200 from gaming, $100,605 from health professionals and $88,082 from leadership PACs. Oceguera received $2,500 each form gaming, lawyers and finance companies.

Republican Rep. Mark Amodei had $59,361 cash-on-hand entering October in his bid to remain in Congress serving Nevada's 2nd Congressional District. His big donors were linked to the National Mining Association ($17,500), Every Republican is Crucial PAC ($10,000), and Las Vegas Sands ($7,500). He also received $7,500 each from donors tied to Newmont Mining, Peppermill Casinos and Hartman & Hartman.

By industry Amodei's leading contributions came from leadership PACs ($50,000), gaming ($48,134) and lawyers ($32,307).

OpenSecrets didn't have any data as of Sept. 30 on Democrat Steven Horsford or Republican Barbara Cegavske, who are doing battle in the state's new 4th Congressional District.


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