First-term Democratic Rep. Susie Lee faces off against Republican Daniel Rodimer in Nevada's 3rd Congressional District

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  • First-term Rep. Susie Lee will face Republican Dan Rodimer in Nevada's 3rd Congressional District.
  • The district is one of 30 districts that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but is currently represented in the House by a Democrat.
  • Rodimer is a former WWE wrestler who previously ran for a spot in Nevada's State Senate in 2018.
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First-term Democratic Rep. Susie Lee looks to retain her seat against Republican challenger Dan Rodimer in Nevada's 3rd Congressional District.

The candidates

Before her time in politics, Lee dedicated her career to assisting Nevada's educational systems and lowering dropout rates. She was the founding director of the After-School All-Stars, an after-school program for thousands of students. She also served as the president of Communities In Schools of Nevada, a dropout prevention organization.

In 2016, Lee ran in the Democratic primaries to represent the state's 4th Congressional District. She placed third behind now-Rep. Ruben Kihuen and Lucy Flores. In 2018, however, she succeeded in her bid to replace former Representative and now-Senator Jacky Rosen in the 3rd District.

Rodimer, Lee's Republican opponent, is a former professional wrestler and arena football player. He has received endorsements from House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the National Rifle Association, the National Right to Life Committee, and television celebrity Rick Harrison from the show "Pawn Stars." Rodimer's campaign platform is centered on supporting law enforcement, opening the healthcare marketplace, and securing the country's borders.

In 2018, Rodimer ran for Nevada's State Senate in the state's 8th District but lost in the Republican primary to Valerie Weber.

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The district

Nevada's 3rd Congressional District is the state's southernmost district. The district is located directly south of Las Vegas and contains the cities of Henderson, Summerlin South, Boulder City, Searchlight, Laughlin, and parts of unincorporated Clark County.

The district is one of 30 in the United States which voted for President Trump in 2016 but is currently represented by a Democrat. This district flipped from narrowly backing former President Barack Obama by a margin of less than one percentage point in 2012 to voting for Trump also by one point, according to the Daily Kos. 

Lee won her race in 2018, and Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen carried the district by a little under five percentage points in her race against former GOP Sen. Dean Heller. Also that year, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak carried the district by four points in his gubernatorial campaign, according to the Daily Kos. 

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Lee has raised $4.3 million, spent $4.2 million, and has around $181,430 in cash on hand while Rodimer has raised $2.7 million, spent $2.2 million, and has around $458,000 in cash on hand. 

What some of the experts say

The race between Lee and Rodimer is rated as "leans Democratic" by The Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics and "likely Democratic" by Inside Elections.

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