Jim Marchant, a former Nevada Assemblyman and staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Nevada. Marchant, who has been a vocal election denier, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in the 2022 midterm elections.
Marchant’s announcement comes as no surprise to those who have been following his political career. He has been a vocal supporter of Trump and has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from the former president. Marchant even went so far as to file a lawsuit challenging the election results in Nevada, which was ultimately dismissed by a judge.
Despite his election denialism, Marchant is hoping to win over Republican voters in Nevada by focusing on issues such as immigration, gun rights, and the economy. He has already received endorsements from several prominent conservative figures, including former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and former Trump advisor Roger Stone.
However, Marchant’s candidacy is already facing criticism from some within the Republican Party. Some have accused him of being too extreme and divisive, and fear that his election denialism could hurt the party’s chances of winning in the general election.
Marchant’s candidacy also highlights the ongoing divisions within the Republican Party over Trump and his legacy. While some Republicans, like Marchant, continue to embrace Trump and his base, others are trying to distance themselves from the former president and move the party in a different direction.
The Nevada Senate race is expected to be one of the most closely watched and hotly contested races of the 2022 midterm elections. With Marchant now in the race, it remains to be seen how his election denialism and support for Trump will play with voters in Nevada, and whether he can win the Republican nomination and mount a serious challenge to Cortez Masto in the general election.