As the US midterm elections draw near, a number of senate races are drawing to a close – with potentially huge implications if the incumbents are defeated.
CTV National News reporter Tom Walters visited the Las Vegas strip, the site of one of the closest US Senate battles currently raging.
The two candidates are in a fundraising battle ahead of the November 8 election, both competing for key votes in a deadlocked race.
Democrats have held a majority in the US Senate since 2018, thanks to a tie vote by Vice President Kamala Harris, but the Senate could overturn with just a few key races.
Historically, Walters explains, Democrats have taken over Nevada, in part because of Las Vegas tourism. The regional culinary association has 60,000 members, more than half of whom are Hispanic.
Catherine Cortez Masto, the incumbent Democrat, is the first Latina elected to the United States Senate.
However, the Las Vegas tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and suffered economic damage, something Republican candidate Adam Laxalt is focusing on on his campaign.
Watch Tom Walters explain the stakes in the video above.