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Republicans Hope for Senate Pickup as Sam Brown Enters Nevada Race



Sam Brown, a retired U.S. Army captain severely injured by an explosion in Afghanistan, announced a GOP bid Monday for the seat held by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), among those whom Republicans are eying as they seek control of the Senate in next year’s elections.

Brown ran for Senate last year but placed second behind Adam Laxalt in the Republican primary with 34 percent of the vote. Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general, narrowly lost to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in the general election.

This time around, Brown is running with the support of national Republican leaders and struck a more moderate tone in his announcement.

“I know our mission to restore the American Dream is achievable if we work together,” Brown said in a statement. “In the military, no one asks you what party you are in. They just want to know they can count on you to get the job done. That’s the attitude we need to tackle the problems of today.”

Former state representative Jim Marchant, who has refused to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election, is already running in the GOP primary for Senate. Marchant lost a bid for Nevada secretary of state last year.

In Brown’s failed Senate bid last year, he proved to be a relatively strong fundraiser. He voiced opposition to abortion access and accused Laxalt of not doing enough to protect “election integrity.”

Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, publicly blessed Brown’s bid on Monday, signaling support from national Republican leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

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