The RNC co-chair, in a visit to Reno, said the party feels good about the midterms.

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WITH na­tion­ally watched races for U.S. Se­nate, the House and gov­er­nor, the co-chair­man of the Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee says the party feels good about its chances in Ne­vada with just about a month re­main­ing un­til Elec­tion Day.

“We’ve made a mas­sive in­vest­ment here,” RNC Co-Chair­man

Robert Pa­duchik said dur­ing an in­ter­view Fri­day in Reno.

Pa­duchik called Ne­vada “a top state, no doubt ,” in terms of im­por­tance to Re­pub­li­cans this year.

The party has had peo­ple on the ground in Ne­vada since spring 2017, one of the ear­li­est in­vest­ments it has made here in years.

It’s all part of a plan to spend more than $250 mil­lion in elec­tions across this coun­try this year, which Pa­duchik said will be the “great­est midterm in­vest­ment the Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee has made.”

And de­spite Pres­i­dent Don­ald

Trump and other Re­pub­li­cans los­ing ma­jor races in Ne­vada in 2016, Pa­duchik said, 2018 is set­ting up bet­ter for them.

On top of the RNC’s in­vest­ment in Ne­vada, Pa­duchik said he sees Democrats as less co­or­di­nated and thinks they are re­ly­ing on groups like

Tom Steyer’s NextGen Amer­ica to drive voter reg­is­tra­tion and turnout rather than work­ing di­rectly through the party.

“The prob­lem is the lack of co­or­di­na­tion and the parochial­ism of that kind of ap­proach makes it a less ef­fec­tive turnout op­er­a­tion,” Pa­duchik

said.

Big San­doval fan

Wash­ing­ton Gov. Jay Inslee, ap­pear­ing at a cam­paign event in Hen­der­son on Fri­day to sup­port Demo­cratic can­di­date for gov­er­nor Steve Siso­lak, had so much praise for cur­rent Re­pub­li­can Gov. Brian San­doval that the ca­sual lis­tener could have missed who Inslee was ac­tu­ally en­dors­ing.

“We got to know each other through the Na­tional Gover­nors As­so­ci­a­tion,” Inslee said of San­doval. “I re­ally ad­mire his very com­mon-sense prac­ti­cal ef­forts. And what I mean by that is, he’s not a per­son who’s cap­tive to any ide­ol­ogy, left, right or oth­er­wise.”

Inslee spoke fol­low­ing a Q&A with stu­dents at Lib­erty High School. He ap­peared in his ca­pac­ity as chair­man of the Demo­cratic Gover­nors As­so­ci­a­tion.

“It is kind of a unique cir­cum­stance that the po­si­tions Steve has are a lot more con­sis­tent with the Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nor than the cur­rent Re­pub­li­can nom­i­nee,” Inslee went on, re­fer­ring to Adam Lax­alt, the at­tor­ney gen­eral who’s run­ning against Siso­lak. “Be­cause it re­ally isn’t the Re­pub­li­can Party any­more. It’s the party of Trump.”

Jimmy Kim­mel: Con­sta­ble en­dorser

North Las Ve­gas con­sta­ble can­di­date Jimmy Vega has been en­dorsed by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kim­mel.

The Re­pub­li­can can­di­date at­tended Clark High School with the co­me­dian and late-night talk show host, ac­cord­ing to Vega’s cam­paign. The two have long been friends.

Kim­mel is listed as one of Vega’s sup­port­ers on an ad­ver­tise­ment for a Tues­day night fundraiser; the cam­paign says Kim­mel will not at­tend.

News and Notes

■ The Latino Vic­tory Fund en­dorsed Demo­cratic Lt. Gov. can­di­date Kate Mar­shall, say­ing she would serve all Ne­vadans, not “just those at the top.”

■ Mar­shall’s Re­pub­li­can op­po­nent, state Sen. Michael Rober­son, won the en­dorse­ment of Gov. Brian San­doval, who called Rober­son an “ef­fec­tive leg­is­la­tor” who has helped de­liver fund­ing for schools.

■ Both lieu­tenant gov­er­nor can­di­dates re­leased 30-sec­ond TV ads this week. Mar­shall’s com­mer­cial fo­cuses on her record as a fed­eral prose­cu­tor who “held big cor­po­ra­tions ac­count­able” and as a state trea­surer who guided Ne­vada dur­ing an eco­nomic cri­sis and cre­ated a col­lege sav­ings pro­gram for kids. Rober­son’s ad touts his ac­com­plish­ments as a sen­a­tor, high­light­ing an in­crease in ed­u­ca­tion spend­ing, a crack­down on drug com­pa­nies that over­charge and a leg­isla­tive gift ban.

■ The Bat­tleBorn Con­ser­va­tive Women PAC is host­ing a trio of events sup­port­ing can­di­dates all over the bal­lot. For­mer As­sem­bly­woman Vic­to­ria Sea­man is host­ing a fundraiser on Tues­day sup­port­ing Assem­bly Dis­trict 34 can­di­date

Jan­ice We­sen and an Oct. 23 event for Clark County Com­mis­sion G can­di­date Cindy Lake. Email Vic­to­ria@Vic­to­ri­aSea­man.com for de­tails.

■ The McDon­ald Carano law firm is host­ing a fundraiser for Judge

Jerry Tao’s bid for the Ne­vada Supreme Court at 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day at 2300 W. Sa­hara Ave., Suite 1200. RSVP to Tessa Lax­alt at tml@ j3STRATEGIES.com.

RA­MONA GIWARGIS & COLTON LOCHHEAD

Jimmy Kim­mel

Jay Inslee

Jimmy Vega

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