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Steny Hoyer Lends Support to Kate Marshall in Nevada Special

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Nevada special election candidate Kate Marshall is getting some help from Democrats in Washington, D.C., after all.

Roll Call has learned that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) will be at the Nevada state treasurer’s side for at least three events Tuesday with two weeks to go in her House race against Republican Mark Amodei for the vacant 2nd district seat.

GOP groups, including the National Republican Congressional Committee and American Crossroads, will have spent at least $850,000 by the end of the race for the traditionally Republican district, while no outside Democratic groups have spent any significant money. The NRCC has already reported spending about $600,000, while American Crossroads announced last week it would drop $250,000.

Hoyer and Marshall’s first two events will focus on jobs and be held at green energy companies in northern Nevada. The events tie in with a state Senate bill pushed by Marshall to encourage green energy companies to move into the state to help diversify its economy.

They will be in Sparks, Nev., at Green Fuels America, a leading manufacturer of commercial biodiesel production equipment, then in Reno at the Clean Energy Center, which provides renewable energy solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale markets. Next, Hoyer will join Marshall at Sky Peaks-Reno Senior Living for a town hall.

Asked whether Hoyer would also help her raise money on his one-day swing, a Marshall spokesman said the campaign does not comment on its fundraisers.

The 2nd district was not the Democratic leader’s only stop in the last week of Congress’ August recess. Hoyer was scheduled to appear Monday at a Las Vegas news conference with former Rep. Dina Titus (D), who is running again for Congress. It’s unclear in which district she will run, however, as the state has not completed the redistricting process.

Hoyer will also appear Monday night on the statewide TV show “Face to Face With Jon Ralston.” Ralston wrote on Twitter that Hoyer said during the pretaped interview that he will back Titus even in a competitive Democratic primary.

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