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Billionaires Wage Door-to-Door Battle for Votes in Nevada

  • Outside groups pour $45.8 million into Nevada Senate race
  • Soros, Koch Brothers, Steyer seek to influence outcome
Visitors stand for a photograph under a sign in Las Vegas on Feb. 20, 2016.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

George Soros bought some Cheez-Its in Las Vegas last week. Across town, Charles Koch paid for a stack of iPads. Tom Steyer hired somebody to dance, dressed as a polar bear.

With the U.S. presidency and control of the Senate in the balance, these billionaires are deploying their own political armies to swing states across the country and supplying them with everything from cutting-edge voter data to salty snacks. Unaffiliated with any candidate or party, these ground troops are staging protests, manning phone banks, and knocking on doors.