On Tuesday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, one of nine GOP candidates who are bidding for the party's nomination, reported that his campaign has raised $3.1 million since entering the Nevada gubernatorial race in late June.
The fundraising haul is a record-breaking one for a non-election year, outraising any Democrat or Republican candidate, as well as any incumbent or challenger, in state history, Lombardo's campaign said.
"I'm truly honored by the tremendous show of support my campaign has received so far," Lombardo told Fox News in a statement. "For far too long, Steve Sisolak and Nevada's radical, single-party state rule have failed us, and I think these numbers clearly reflect that Nevadans are ready for something new."
"To every Nevadan who is desperate for safer streets, better schools, and a stronger economy: Hold on, help is on the way," he continued. "My campaign is just getting started, and we're on the way to deliver true leadership in 2022. Together, this will be the year we take back our state!"
The GOP is also motivated after its Virginia gubernatorial win by Republican Glenn Youngkin over Democrat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Sisolak was named one of The Hill's "seven most vulnerable governors" up for reelection this year.
Lombardo did not arrive at a Republican debate in Reno last week. Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, attorney Joey Gilbert, former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and venture capitalist Guy Nohra appeared. Air Force veteran Tom Heck, businessman Mickey Lufkin, doctor Fred Simon, and real estate broker Barak Zilberberg also appeared.
The eight candidates wishing to replace Governor Sisolak were asked about education, homelessness, election policies, and the economy.
Some candidates like, Joey Gilbert, proved to be one of the favorites among the crowd.
“We got to fix these schools from the top-down,” said Gilbert. “Vouchers that follow the students.
While others weren’t afraid to make bold statements. “Panhandlers should pay their fair share of taxes as well,” said candidate Barak Zilberberg.
Aside from Gilbert and Zilberberg, Michele Fiore, Dean Heller, John Lee, Guy Nohra, Tom Heck, and Fred Simon participated in the debate. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo did not attend the debate. His media team was asked about his absence but did not get a response.