The Globe has learned that former US Ambassador to Iceland, Jeffrey Ross Gunter, is mulling a run to challenge Senator Jacky Rosen and has launched a website which alludes to a pending candidacy. Ambassador Gunter describes himself as a “dedicated physician, accomplished diplomat, family man, and American patriot. Ambassador Gunter is a doctor first, always putting people and patients over politics.”
Ambassador Gunter received his medical doctorate degree from the University of Southern California and expanded his private dermatology practice to rural Southern and Northern Nevada beginning in 1995.
In 2018, President Donald J. Trump nominated Ambassador Gunter to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, received unanimous confirmation in 2019, and served as Ambassador from 2019-2021.
Ambassador Gunter told The Globe: “As a longtime Nevada resident, physician, small business owner, and former US Ambassador, the wide open GOP primary race only reenforces the urgency for a strong America First candidate to represent the constituents of our great state. I continue to assess the role I can play in furthering the Make America Great Again agenda and delivering an America First and Nevada First victory in this must-win seat in 2024.”
Recent polling by the McLaughlin Group (see below) shows that Senator Rosen is vulnerable, falling well below the 50% approval and ballot benchmarks for safe incumbents.
The polling data reveals:
- Only 38% of voters approve of the job Jacky Rosen is doing in the U.S. Senate, 37% disapprove.
- Only 37% would vote to re-elect Rosen, 63% would not.
- The generic Republican candidate leads Rosen on the ballot for U.S. Senate: 48% – 46%.
- Jacky Rosen is seen well to the ideological left of Nevada’s electorate: 45% say she’s a liberal, only 26% say she is a moderate, and 2% say she is conservative.
- The majority of voters (51%) are less likely to vote for Jacky Rosen knowing she supports regulations to eliminate gas powered cars, trucks and SUVs, and force consumers to buy electric vehicles by 2032.
- The majority of voters (51%) are less likely to vote for Jacky Rosen knowing she supports policies that have reduced American oil and gas production, increasing the price of gas and inflation.
- Half of all Nevada voters (50%) are less likely to vote for Rosen knowing she voted the Inflation Reduction Act.
Last month, Former Nevada Assemblyman Jim Marchant announced his candidacy to challenge Sen. Rosen and rumors reveal that Captain Sam Brown, who lost the US Senate primary to Adam Laxalt, may enter the wide-open race.
In 2022, Laxalt lost the U.S. Senate race by less than 8,000 votes to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. As Sen. Rosen understands, Nevada is historically a swing state, and as a Biden’s popularity continues to plummet to historic lows, Rosen has crafted an early campaign message of bipartisanship to the growing number of independent voters in the Silver State who will likely determine if the Silver State swings to the GOP or maintains its Democratic course.NV Statewide Executive Summary 06-02-23