Rep. Susie Lee posts $660,000 in third quarter fundraising

Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) continued to refill her campaign coffers through the third quarter after raising more than $660,000, boosting her cash on hand to more than $1.44 million, according to a Friday announcement from her campaign. 

The sum also exceeds the $600,000 she raised in both the first and second quarters of the year and is roughly 22 percent more than the nearly $490,000 she raised during the same period in 2019. 

Details of Lee’s quarterly spending were not immediately available, pending the full release of quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission, which are due Friday. 

Lee will vie for her second reelection bid in 2022 in the perennially swingy District 3, which encompasses the southern half of Clark County, including many of the Las Vegas metro area’s wealthiest suburbs. 

The district has bounced between the two major parties over the last decade, flipping from Democrat Dina Titus to Republican Joe Heck in 2010, then later from Heck to Democrat Jacky Rosen in 2016, after Heck mounted an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign. 

Lee later won the district in a 9 point landslide during the blue wave of 2018, after Rosen vacated the seat for her own U.S. Senate bid. Lee then held onto it during a tumultuous 2020 campaign that ended in a 3 point win over Republican Dan Rodimer.

How competitive District 3 remains through 2022 will likely hinge on as-yet undecided redistricting decisions. State-level Democrats, who control the redistricting process, may seek to expand voter registration advantages by redistributing lines across or around the heavily-Democratic District 1, which lies in the center of urban Las Vegas.  

No Democrats have formally filed to challenge Lee in the primary, though five Republicans — April Becker, Mark Robertson, Noah Malgeri, John Kovacs and Clark Bossert — have entered the race for District 3.