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Harry Reid Letting Dems Battle It Out for Nevada House Seat

Harry Reid Letting Dems Battle It Out for Nevada House Seat
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By    |   Monday, 06 April 2015 07:57 AM

A number of Nevada politicians with varying ties to retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid are positioning themselves for a possible run for the House seat currently held by freshman Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy and Reid, despite a reputation as a Democratic Party kingmaker, does not seem in a rush to anoint a favorite, the National Journal reported.

Hardy defeated one-term Democratic congressman Steven Horsford in the 4th District, which was created in 2010 and includes the northern suburbs of Las Vegas. The area, 30 percent Hispanic, went twice for Barack Obama and is considered competitive, according to The Almanac of American Politics.

That competition normally sees Reid spring into action, moving to cut off primary election fights among would-be Democratic candidates, the Journal said. But not, apparently, this time.

Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen has already thrown his hat into the race. Former state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores and former state Assembly Speaker John Oceguera are weighing entering the race.

Oceguera said he did not think that Reid was yet focused on the congressional race. "I think he's concerned about Democrats getting elected in the Senate," the Journal reported.

Nevada political strategist Billy Vassiliadis agreed. "I don't think he wants to get in right now and lower the boom."

Kihuen, Flores and Oceguera all had Reid's support in earlier political outings.

Among other candidates who have been mentioned for the 4th District are nonprofit education advocate Susie Lee, state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, state Sen. Pat Spearman, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, and Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow, according to Roll Call.

Horsford announced he would not seek a rematch, Roll Call reported.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, in an unusual turn for him, is letting Democratic Party members interested in running for the competitive 4th District House seat currently held by a freshman Republican fight it out for the party's nomination.
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