Magazine article Politics Magazine

Nevada

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Nevada

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IN 2004, SENATE Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) became the first Democratic Senate leader since 1952 to lose a reelection bid. Statewide polls indicate current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could be in danger of repeating in 2010 Daschle's historic loss--if only Nevada Republicans could find a suitable challenger.

Despite the 100,000-person lead Nevada Democrats have among registered voters in the state, Nevadans favored an unnamed GOP opponent to Reid 45 to 37 percent in a Mason Dixon Poll. "That poll has increased the visibility of this race," says Sue Lowden, chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party. "Republicans are encouraged that they can win." But to win Republicans need a candidate, and so far they haven't had any luck finding a challenger.

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"Sen. Reid has deep roots here. He raises money like no one else," says Ryan Erwin, a Republican political strategist in Nevada. "He's going to be a tough candidate to beat for anyone. …

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