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Tarkanian raises nearly $350K, Roberson $440K

Danny Tarkanian has raised nearly $350,000 in his first fundraising quarter in a bid for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District.

The Republican candidate is moving into the next quarter with about $335,000 cash on hand, according to figures from the campaign. Tarkanian announced for the 2016 race in July.

The spot is opening because Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., is leaving it to run for Democrat Harry Reid's U.S. Senate seat.

"Amy and I are incredibly thankful for the tremendous investment our supporters have made in my candidacy," Tarkanian said in a statement. "While my opponent continues to represent the big government, tax raising policies of the establishment in our party I stand ready to take off the gloves and fight for the core conservative principles that many in Carson City and Washington seem to have forgotten."

State Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, is also seeking the GOP nomination for the seat. Roberson played a key role in shepherding Gov. Brian Sandoval's tax proposal through the 2015 session that raised business license fees to put more money toward public schools.

Roberson has raised $440,000 during his campaign's first quarter. In a statement posted on his campaign site, Roberson said: "Support has been overwhelming and I'm grateful for your enthusiasm igniting our effort to fight for Nevada and change Washington."

Other Republican candidates running include Andrew Matthews, former president of Nevada Policy Research Institute; and Annette Teijeiro, a doctor.

Democratic candidates Barry Michaels, a businessman and ex-felon, and Jesse Sbaih, an attorney, are also running.

Sbaih's total for the quarter was a little over $300,000, he said. Of that, about $100,000 came from contributors and about $200,000 is his personal funding.

The 3rd District includes Henderson, Boulder City and areas of Clark County south to Laughlin and west to California.

The district is considered the state's most competitive, with voter registration almost equally divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Contact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2904. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1

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