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Georgiou Makes Statement With 1st Quarter Haul

April 12, 2011

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) has expressed confidence that Democrats will clear the primary field for her if she chooses to enter the Nevada Senate race. But one Democrat isn't cooperating.

Nevada businessman Byron Georgiou (D) raised $1.1 million during the first quarter, including $500,000 of his personal money, his campaign confirmed. Georgiou entered the race on March 3rd.

Nevada political guru Jon Ralston, who first tweeted the fundraising news, has warned before that Georgiou was resolved to run and had no plans to step aside, no matter who else decided to run. It now looks like, whether it's Berkley or another Democratic politician that ends up running, there will be a primary on the Democratic side.

The Republican side, on the other hand, seems set with Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) as the only major candidate. Perennial candidate Edward Hamilton said last week he plans to challenge Heller in the GOP primary. Though Heller declared his intention to run shortly after Sen. John Ensign (R) announced his retirement in 2012, Berkley has taken her time with the decision, conducting a poll and traveling outside her district. Berkley says she'll make a decision soon.

7:32 p.m. CLARIFICATION: The original version of this post did not mention Edward Hamilton, who also plans to run in the GOP primary.

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