Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) “is getting closer to a bid for Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate seat, a development that could effectively clear the primary field and make the race very competitive,” according to Ralston Reports.
“In a Republican Party hoping to woo Hispanic voters in 2016, few can claim the résumé of Gov. Brian Sandoval. He is the state’s first Latino governor and the national GOP’s ideal candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat Harry Reid plans to vacate that year,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“But Mr. Sandoval has upended GOP politics, declining to say whether he’ll run for the Senate and pushing for the largest tax increase in Nevada history. His tax-increase proposal has divided GOP state legislators here during a biennial session.”
“Frankly, one newspaper here in Nevada kept beating up on me and I said, ‘I’m not going to let the bastards beat me,’ and so I decided to run a last time.”
— Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), in a CNN interview, saying he considered quitting politics seven years ago but decided to stay to spite a newspaper that was pushing for him to leave.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) retirement “is triggering a free-for-all for his seat — with big implications for control of the Senate in 2016,” The Hill reports.
“Senate Republicans see Nevada as their best chance at a pickup this election cycle, and whether Democrats can hold Reid’s seat in the swing state will go a long way in determining which party controls the Senate after next cycle.”
The Las Vegas Sun notes Reid “came right out with a favorite: Catherine Cortez Masto, former Nevada attorney general and executive vice chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education.”
“In a surprise announcement this morning, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said he won’t be running for what would be his sixth term in the United States Senate,” the Las Vegas Sun reports.
“In a video to supporters, the Nevada Democrat and Senate minority leader listed several reasons for his decision to end his three-decade career in Congress.”
First Read: “And this has two immediate consequences: One, it most likely hands the Democratic reins over to heir-apparent Chuck Schumer. And two, it creates what could be one of the most competitive Senate contests in the country. Given that it’s a presidential year, that probably helps the Democrats, slightly.”
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) “summoned dozens of staffers to the Senate’s Mansfield Room Tuesday and delivered a clear message: He’s running for reelection next year,” Politico reports.
“The comments are in part aimed at putting to rest growing speculation inside the Senate that the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat — badly hurt from a painful injury to his right eye — would call it quits after nearly three decades in the chamber. The Senate minority leader faces what could be a difficult reelection race next year, plus his would-be successors are ready to run the Democratic Caucus the moment he calls it quits.”
Former Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) “left office earlier this month, closing the door on a career that leaves him the only person in Nevada history who has been termed-out of two elected jobs in state government,” the Reno Gazette Journal reports.
“Krolicki says his political career may not be over. He would consider running for the U.S. Senate in 2016 or perhaps for governor in 2018, if that was in the best interests of the Nevada Republican Party.”
Geoffrey Skelley: “Reid has won five straight elections for Senate, starting in 1986. His average share of the vote in those contests was 52.1%. If we compare Reid to other senators who won at least five consecutive contests (including special elections), his mark is the lowest average percentage won by any qualifying senator. Reid also had the lowest median percentage (50.3%).”
“Remarkably, Reid has only won more than 51.0% of the vote once, cruising to victory with 61.1% in 2004. Otherwise, his percentages have been very low for a winner — 50.0% in 1986, 51.0% in 1992, 47.9% in 1998, and 50.3% in 2010.”
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) “is turning on his fundraising machine as he prepares to run — possibly — for a sixth term in the Senate,” Politico reports.
“While rumors have circulated for months that the Nevada Democrat may not run for reelection next year, the top Republican 2016 target has scheduled a handful of fundraising events in an effort to put up a big first-quarter cash haul.”