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Reelectionist Jim Marchant has announced a Senate bid against Jackie Rosen

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FILE: Republican candidate for Nevada Secretary of State Jim Marchant speaks to attendees at a get-out-the-vote event at the Clark County Republican Party office on Nov. 6, 2022 in Henderson, Nevada.

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Republican Jim Marchant, a vocal election denier who lost his race to become Nevada’s top election official in 2022, is running for Senate against incumbent Democrat Sen. Jackie Rosen.

Merchant is one of the Republican candidates for 2020 Secretary of State who has aired baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. He was part of Nevada’s alternative slate of false, pro-Trump voters who challenged the election results. Merchant said he would not have certified President Joe Biden’s victory.

He announced his Senate bid Tuesday night at Fervent Church in Las Vegas. The pastor of the church struggled with Nevada’s covid lockdown in 2020. Marchant was introduced by longtime political strategist Dick Morris, who would run Marchant’s campaign as a general consultant.

“I’m running for the United States Senate from Nevadans’ unyielding government, from Silicon Valley, from big media, from labor unions, from radical sex-change advocates, where Jackie Rosen has failed you.”

He claimed that American liberties were being blocked because of illegal immigration and left-wing policies. And he said, freedom of speech and the right to bear arms are being taken away by the government and the powerful.

“The left is eliminating the right to bear arms and defend oneself,” Marchant said. “I have a message for the left: If you’re going to stop the police from using them, don’t take away our guns.”

Marchant previously served one term as a Nevada state assemblyman. He ran for Congress in 2020 and lost to Democrat Steve Horsford.

Rosen tweeted her reaction to Marchant’s candidacy: “Nevadans deserve a senator who will fight for them, not a MAGA election denialist who opposes abortion rights even in cases of rape and molestation. While far-right politicians like Jim Marchant spread baseless conspiracy theories, I am Always focused on solving the problems of Nevadans.”

The Nevada Senate race could be close — in 2022, incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican Adam Laxalt by less than 8,000 votes.

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