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Schwartz Staffs Up for Likely Governor Bid

The Republican also has polling showing he has room narrow the gap against Adam Laxalt.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 11, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R) has brought on three senior staffers for his expected bid for governor in 2018. Vincent Harris of Harris Media and Tony Fabrizio of Fabrizio, Lee & Associates will serve as senior advisers. Rory McShane of Harris Media will also be a general consultant.

Digital strategist Harris has previously worked for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as well as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).

Pollster Fabrizio has worked for President Trump; Govs. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Matt Bevin (R-KY); and Sens. Paul, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

McShane was most recently at RedRock Strategies in Las Vegas where oversaw congressional and statewide campaigns. He also worked for 2014 CO GOV candidate Scott Gessler (R) and was finance director for the Indiana Republican Party in 2014.

Schwartz also commissioned previously reported polling by Democratic consultant Doug Schoen showing his likely opponent, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R), leading 23-13% on an initial ballot test of Republican primary voters. Among Republicans, Laxalt posted a 37-13% favorability and 43-11% job approval compared to Schwartz’s 22-9% favorability and 26-5% job approval.

The same poll shows Schwartz’s biography as a “a successful businessman” preferred by 52% of Republican primary voters as compared to that of Laxalt, as “prosecutor, military [veteran] and lawyer,” by 20%. “Informed ballot” polling showed Laxalt’s interference in a Gaming Control Board review of Sheldon Adelson hurt his candidacy more than Schwartz’s weakness, his penchant for fighting popular term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and other Carson City Republicans.

Among general-election voters, Laxalt was slightly more well-known with a favorability of 27-19% and job approval of 31-18% to Schwartz’s 16-14% favorability and 19-10% job approval. Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak’s (D) favorability was at 26-23% but a higher 36-15% among Democratic primary voters.

Trump’s favorability was 77-23% among Republicans but underwater among general-election voters at 41-54%. His job approval was similar: 74-25% among Republican primary voters but 36-58% among general-election voters. (Hotline reporting)

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