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Sharron Angle Is Running For Senate Again


Sharron Angle, who by all accounts blew what could have been an historic Republican Senate pickup in 2010 when she lost to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in what was otherwise a Republican wave year, is running for Reid’s seat yet again:

Sharron Angle, a controversial Tea Party Republican who upset the 2010 Nevada GOP primary is reviving her bid for the Senate, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

She will face off against Rep. Joe Heck in the primary, hoping to fill Democratic Leader Harry Reid‘s spot after his retirement.

Angle was part of the 2010 Tea Party surge and captured 40 percent of the vote in the 2010 primary. She lost to Reid by about 6 percentage points.

“What we did in 2014 was we didn’t have more Christine O’Donnell’s, Sharron Angles, Richard Mourdocks or Todd Akins. The people that were nominated [last year] were electable,” McConnell said in December, referring to the last midterm cycle. “That will happen again in 2016. We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election audience.”

Reid’s seat is one that Republicans hope to win in November, and doing so would potentially offset any losses they may suffer among their own vulnerable Senate seats. Until now, only Congressman Heck was running for the GOP nomination, so this would seem to complicate things. However, as we saw in 2014 Republicans have learned how to deal with insurgent primary candidates like Angle far better than they did in either 2010 and 2012 and Heck is a far more formidable candidate from Angle’s perspective than the field she faced in 2010, so winning the nomination seems far less likely for her than it was six years ago. Nonetheless, this should make the Republican primary in Nevada at least somewhat more entertaining.


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  1. Mark Ivey says:

    “Angle tweeted her announcement Friday afternoon just after 4 p.m., writing that: ‘2nd Amendment remedies will be my solution to EVERYTHING.'”

    Pew Pew Pew!

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  2. Mr. Prosser says:

    ‘2nd Amendment remedies will be my solution to EVERYTHING.’” Ye gods, who’s going to be her adviser, Michele Fiore?

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  3. Andre Kenji says:

    She is a Reid Plant, that´s the only explanation.

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  4. Gustopher says:

    However, as we saw in 2014 Republicans have learned how to deal with insurgent primary candidates like Angle far better than they did in either 2010 and 2012

    They haven’t learned how to deal with it at the Presidential level, so why would you assert they have done so at the Senate level?

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  5. stonetools says:

    Best news I’ve heard in a while!

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  6. al-Ameda says:

    Sharon: “The tenet of the separation of church and state is an unconstitutional doctrine. “

    I’m guessing that Michele Bachmann is her Campaign Manager/Advisor?

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  7. de stijl says:

    Maybe her operatives can trade chickens for votes.

    BWAHAHA! Like Angle has operatives.

    It’s always amateur hour somewhere in Republicanland.

    Our founders likely envisioned a more agrarian future for America – your view of the future is bound to warped by your present – and saw gentlemen farmers and spunky, boot-strapping merchantman’s sons as future part-time legislators with the bulk of the year spent tending to the real business on the farm or on the shop floor. Instead, we have a regular stream of self-deluded, bug-eyed, utterly unfit-for-office Sharron Angle types and there is a 99% probability these moon barkers are running as Republicans. It’s funny, but it’s also sad.

    The strategy folks at the RSCC must be going bonkers. They’ve got to deal with Trump at the top of the ticket and now Angle is back from the dead.

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  8. Gustopher says:

    So, the Republicans have Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Sharon Angle and Christie O’Donnell. Why are the craziest voices in the Republican Party women?

    Serious question.

    I would assume the crazy would cross gender lines pretty evenly. Am I being sexist for noticing the women being crazy more than the men? Is the media sexist for reporting on the women as if they are crazy, but not reporting the men?

    Donald Trump would fit right in with that crowd, able to string a sentence together better than Palin, but having the same detachment from reality (although, to be fair to O’Donnell, she was right that she wasn’t a witch). So it’s not all women in the crazy camp, but they really seem to predominate.

    And Carly Fiorina seems evil, not crazy.

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  9. Tillman says:

    @Gustopher: I don’t know, I think it’s quality over quantity. Ted Cruz and his dad, with their sincere devotion to madness, make up the deficit in my mind.

    But what about Bill Kristol? Dick Morris? Dick “Believe the Opposite of Everything I Say and You Won’t Go Far Wrong” Morris?! And we’re not even getting into Fox News on-air talent or recent GOP governors who’ve done marvelous jobs bankrupting their states.

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  10. Davebo says:


    Louie Gohmert

    Case closed.

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  11. gVOR08 says:

    @Gustopher: I don’t think it’s a question of how crazy is distributed by gender. I think it’s a self selection thing. Ask yourself, after the last fifty years, what sort of woman would want to be a Republican?

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