Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Las Vegas next week to raise money for Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents, as the vice president continues his intense campaigning ahead of the fall midterm elections.
The April 13 fundraiser will cost $1,000 to attend, and $10,000 for a photo reception, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO. Pence’s office confirmed that he would be making the trip.
The trip is part of the vice president’s sustained push to help Republicans ahead of what is shaping up to be a bruising 2018 midterm cycle. Pence has already held a mix of official and campaign events in West Virginia, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan in recent months.
As the White House accepts that it will accomplish little legislatively between now and November, Pence’s focus is squarely on the midterms. He is an intensely sought-after fundraiser, and carries less controversy than President Donald Trump. That could prove especially useful in places like Nevada, where Hillary Clinton bested Trump in 2016.
Nevada and Arizona are seen as Democrats’ two best opportunities to pick up Senate seats in the 2018 cycle. Heller is likely to face Rep. Jacky Rosen. In Arizona, the retirement of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has set off a scramble for both parties.