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Two Nevada Republicans Won't Challenge Harry Reid in '16

Two Nevada Republicans Won't Challenge Harry Reid in '16
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By    |   Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:51 PM

While national GOP officials are salivating at the chance to unseat outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, it appears Nevada Republicans are not, as several possible candidates in the last week have opted not to take on the powerful Nevada Democrat, reports The Las Vegas Review Journal.

"If a guy was going to run against Harry Reid from the north he should be creating an organization in Las Vegas right now, and I’m not," GOP Rep. Mark Amodei, 56, told the Journal.

Amodei decided not to take on Reid because he did not want to remain in Washington for a long period of time.

"A two-year [House term] bite at a time is plenty good for me."

Amodei's House colleague, Rep. Joe Heck, withdrew his name from consideration last week, citing the difficult balance he would have to strike between serving in Congress and running a statewide campaign.

"Either I would run a crappy campaign, the job as a congressman would slack or my military service would slack, and I’m not willing to jeopardize any of those things," he told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

A Harper Polling statewide survey in late July found Reid with a 41 percent approval rating.

Another sign of his vulnerability came in another Harper Polling survey released in August, which shows Reid trailing in a hypothetical matchup against newly re-elected Gov. Brian Sandoval, according to Ralston Reports.

In that poll, Sandoval holds a 10-point lead over Reid, including a 65 to 28 advantage over the Nevada senator among independents.

He also has a 55 percent unfavorable rating in the poll.

Sandoval has emerged as the front-runner to take on Reid and national party officials already have started to increase the pressure on the popular governor, who won re-election with 70 percent of the vote, to run, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

Jose Dante Parra, a Democratic political analyst, told Fox News Latino that whether Sandoval runs "depends on how hard the leaders of the national Republican Party lean on him."

Nevada Sen. Dick Heller, who lost the race to head the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told the Sun, "We’ll see what he wants to do. I think he’ll want to assess, and we’ll give him a little time to do that."

"There are plenty of people I’m sure could play in that race," he added.

Among the potential GOP challengers are Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers, who said he would run, Lt. Gov.-elect Mark Hutchison; former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, state Sen. Michael Roberson and state Sen. Greg Brower, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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While Republican Party officials are salivating at the chance to unseat outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, it appears Nevada Republicans are not, as several possible candidates in the last week have opted not to take on the powerful Nevada Democrat.
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