The head of the Senate Republican political arm says he expects former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt to challenge Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., next year.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the chair of the National Republican Senate Committee, told The Associated Press he has been in touch with Laxalt, whom he considers “a great candidate.”
“I think Adam will run,” Scott said in a recent interview. “He has not told me that he for sure will run, but I’ll actually be surprised if he doesn’t.”
Laxalt, a close ally of former President Donald Trump’s and part of a Nevada political dynasty, would give Republicans a boost in their quest to seize the Senate majority in next year’s midterm elections. The GOP needs to flip just one seat nationally to take control of the Senate, which would break up the Democrats’ hold of the White House and Congress.
Beyond Trump, Laxalt is well-connected to some of the Republican Party’s most ambitious leaders, who have been drawn to the first-in-the-West presidential caucus state in recent years to attend his annual Basque Fundraiser. The headliners for this August’s cookout in northern Nevada include 2024 presidential prospects, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Florida Gov.