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September 23, 2014

Nevada Democrat Seeks Clinton, Obama Endorsements (Video)

The candidate: Democratic National Committeewoman Erin Bilbray
The member: Two-term Rep. Joe Heck, a Republican, who won re-election by a 7-point margin last year.
The district:
President Barack Obama carried the 3rd District by a single point in 2012.

The candidate’s team: Bradley Mayer (manager), Mark Mellman of The Mellman Group (pollster), Ann Liston of Adelstein | Liston (media), Achim Bergmann of Bergmann Zwerdling Direct (direct mail), Rhonda Foxx (finance director)

Democrat Erin Bilbray said she will seek support from former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama in her campaign for 3rd District in the southern tip of Nevada.

“I hope [Clinton] will, and of course I would ask,” Bilbray said in an Oct. 10 interview with CQ Roll Call. She later added that she believes an endorsement from Obama would help her in the district.

The daughter of former Rep. James Bilbray, another Nevada Democrat, she will try to defeat Rep. Joe Heck in 2014.  She previously worked in the Clinton administration, during which she said she was a furloughed employee during the government shutdown then.

“It was very disheartening,” Bilbray said. “You know that you work hard, you know that you’re trying to do a good job, and to have people not value the hard work that you’re giving as a middle-class person? It’s upsetting.”

The race is rated Lean Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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