Sharron Angle jumps into Nevada congressional race

March 17, 2011

LAS VEGAS – Nearly five months after her strong bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid ended in defeat, Sharron Angle said Wednesday she’ll run for Congress again in an effort to “stop the liberal agenda.”

Angle told supporters via YouTube, Twitter and an e-mail that she will pursue one of Nevada’s four U.S. House seats in 2012.

“With your help we can once again change the country’s direction like we started in 2010,” she wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Reid beat Angle by 6 percentage points in November after a bitter campaign. But she put up a strong fight, raising $14 million in one three-month fundraising quarter and finishing ahead in a series of polls.

The high-profile race helped to make her a tea party leader and in her concession speech, she indicated she likely would pursue office again. Recently, she has traveled to Republican rallies in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and kept followers abreast of her whereabouts through her Twitter account.

Dean Heller. He announced Tuesday that he’ll run for Sen. John Ensign’s seat, clearing a path for Angle in the rural Nevada House seat.

Angle and her campaign didn’t immediately respond to telephone messages about her congressional run, first reported by The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Angle has become one of Nevada’s most recognizable political figures in recent months, but she could face a crowded primary.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is also eyeing the congressional seat, as is State Sen. Greg Brower and state GOP Chairman Mark Amodei.

In the general election, Democrats are eager to see one of their candidates claim the open seat. Possible contenders include former congressional candidate Jill Derby, state Assemblywoman Debbie Smith and state Treasurer Kate Marshall.

“We were going to pursue this seat whether Sharron Angle jumped into it or not,” said Zach Zaragoza, executive director for the Nevada State Democratic Party.

Marshall said she has not made a decision, but called the Republican-majority district “absolutely winnable” for Democrats.

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