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January 18, 2018

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Reid acknowledges Sandoval’s campaign war chest presents problem for Democrats

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s ability to rake in more than $3 million for his re-election campaign in six months of an off-election year could make it difficult for Democrats to win away the governorship, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted Thursday.

“Money means a lot in politics, it always has,” Reid told Nevada reporters Thursday. Asked whether Sandoval’s impressive haul would complicate things, he said: “Of course it does.”

But Reid, who leads Nevada’s Democrats, isn’t willing to concede defeat quite yet. Even if state Sen. Tick Segerblom or Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak may not be able to outraise Sandoval, “the race isn’t going to be determined only by money,” Reid said.

“Demographics would support somebody from the southern part of the state,” he said.

Both Segerblom and Sisolak are Las Vegas residents; Sandoval hails from Reno.

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