Could It Really Be The Return of Sharron Angle?


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Sharron Angle celebrating her win against fellow Republican Sue Lowden in 2010. The win pitted her against Sen. Harry Reid in a senate race she ultimately lost.

Republicans are split on her.

Some want her to run for the seat for U.S. Senate.

Some are telling her to go away, stay home and quietly disappear.

But Harry Reid, who beat her five years ago, thinks she’d be a wonderful addition to the race.

The person we’re talking about is Sharron Angle.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Kyle Roerink is following the potential return of Sharron Angle.

He told KNPR's State of Nevada that Reid wants her in the race because she would push candidate Joe Heck to the far right, alienating moderates.

"If she's runs, she's going to force Heck to go to the right on a lot of issues," Roerink explained. "Heck is going to want to come off as a person who caters to a very, very wide and diverse group in the party and I think he can that but if you throw Angle in the mix there is going to be a lot more attention on far right issues." 

He also said Angle had become the face of the Tea Party movement in 2005 that swept the U.S. House and Senate for Republicans. But she lost to Reid by some 40,000 votes.

"She's just so far away from everybody," Roerink said. "It's polarizing and alienating and therefore you can get some regulars from the Republican base and you can scare them away from her."

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He said Democrats would like Angle to run because she will "keep people on the fence" and "The longer you keep people on the fence the harder it is to win them for the long haul."

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is running for the Democratic nomination. 

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is retiring in 2016.



Kyle Roerink, Las Vegas Sun reporter

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